College roundup, 8-30

It was a bit busy on the college scene last night. Here’s a wrap on local athletes and how they fared.

Evans shines as Chico men’s soccer beats Western Washington
Mount Si High School grad Sam Evans, of Snoqualmie, is manning the nets once again this fall for Chico State in California, and the junior delivered one more time last night, helping the Wildcats beat Western Washington.

Evans made two saves and played the full 90, picking up the win in net as Chico won 2-1 over the Vikings. Fall City’s Nate Popp, who is on the Western roster this fall as a freshman, did not play in the contest.

California college cancels men’s soccer season, and a Valley athlete is affected
Humboldt State’s men’s soccer team was scheduled to open their season last night with a game against in-state foe Dominican. However, that game, and their entire season, was canceled by the Arcata, CA, school following a major scandal involving the team.

According to the school, a number of players attended a party earlier this month where alcohol was present and there were also incidents of hazing which took place. Disciplinary action for players is currently ongoing.

Among the players on HSU is sophomore Eric Baumgardner, of North Bend; the school did not release any specific information about what discipline specific players will receive, so it is not known if the former Wildcat will face any punishment from the school for this incident.

Here’s an article from the Eureka Times-Standard plus an editorial from that newspaper as well with their reaction to the decision, which was made last week. It should be noted that the school has also investigated the women’s soccer team for similar allegations, and has suspended that team for three games as a result. No Valley players, though, are affected by that decision, as no MSHS or CHS grads play for the HSU women’s team.

Other soccer action
In other soccer action, Western Washington’s women were blanked by Chico State 1-0. Duvall product Ashton Griffen, an alum of Cedarcrest High School, got a start for the Vikings, and played 66 minutes, with no stats recorded of note. Fellow CHS grad Gwen Bieck and her Oregon State women, ranked #21 in one national poll this week, doubled up Cal-State Fullerton 2-1. Bieck, also from Duvall, started for the Beavers, but too recorded no major stats of note.

On the men’s side, Menlo beat Evergreen State 1-0, with North Bend junior Dyson Fowler seeing 23 minutes of action off the bench for the host Geoducks of Olympia.

Football notes
Two games last night on the gridiron saw action for Valleyites. In Forest Grove, OR, Simon Fraser blasted Pacific 51-14 and in Provo, UT, Washington State fell to BYU 30-6. Mount Si grads Sean Snead, Eric Murphy (both SFU) and Zach Brevick (WSU) all got a chance to suit up and play, but no stats of note were recorded for any of the ex-Wildcats.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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