On the college front…..

Good Saturday morning. We’ll have a quick wrapup from last night’s Scarlet and Gray game involving Mount Si High School’s football team coming up, but first, let’s wrap up the college action from yesterday and last night, and there was plenty of it involving Valleyites, with a number of headliners.

Women’s Soccer
Sacramento State 2, Cal State Bakersfield 1: Redshirt sophomore Maggie Pleis, a 2012 Cedarcrest High School grad from Carnation, recorded just her second career assist for Sacto, and it was a big one, aiding what turned out to be the game-winning goal, scored by teammate Kassidy Kellogg, in the 85th minute as the Hornets outlasted their in-state rivals last night at home in Sacramento. Pleis, who recorded an assist as well as a freshman in 2012, picked up last night’s assist on one of seven corner kicks she took for the Hornets, which comprised all of those for the home side. Both Pleis and junior teammate – and fellow 2012 CHS’er – McKenna Swanson from Duvall started the contest for Sacto, with Pleis playing 82 minutes total and Swanson logging just 45 minutes on defense.

Whitworth 0, UC Santa Cruz 0 (2OT): Freshman – and 2014 MSHS grad – Leah Corra from Snoqualmie made her college women’s soccer debut last night for the Pirates in their double-overtime season-opening draw at home against the visitors from northern California. Corra worked just the second overtime of the contest, a total of just 10 minutes of action off the bench, with no stats of note.

Oregon State 0, Loyola Marymount 0 (2OT): Junior Gwen Bieck, from Duvall and a 2012 Cedarcrest alum, started in midfield for the Beavers yesterday and played all 110 minutes of the contest, recording one shot that did not reach goal for OSU as they finished their home opener in a draw with the visitors from Los Angeles. OSU’s game tomorrow is live on the Pac-12 networks at 2:30 p.m.

Wagner 2, St. Peter’s 0: Freshman goalkeeper Lauren Solene, from Fall City and a 2014 Mount Si High School grad, got her first college start in net last night for the Peacocks, and was put to work in a hurry, allowing both goals but stopping 15 more shots in the full 90 minutes of work as St. Peter’s dropped to 0-2 with the road loss in Staten Island, NY.

Chapman 2, Puget Sound 1: In Portland, the California-based Chapman team outlasted the Loggers in a neutral-site game; senior Lauren Hamilton, from Spokane but who has family living in the Valley, came off the bench and logged 62 minutes for UPS, with no stats to report.

UW 1, LaSalle 0: The Huskies began their Eastern road swing last night with a win in Philadelphia over the host LaSalle team. Sophomore Miranda Rawlings, from North Bend and a 2013 MSHS grad, came off the bench and saw just 12 minutes of work, with no stats of note.

UNC Charlotte def. Morgan State 25-21, 25-19, 22-25, 25-21: Yesterday’s season opener for the 49’ers, and debut for their new head coach Gokhan Yilnaz, went well with a four-set win; junior Sarah McDonald, from Snoqualmie and a 2012 MSHS grad, recorded five kills and a block to pace UNCC.

Missouri Valley College def. York 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 25-12: Sophomore Gen Knoppi made her debut for MVC in their season-opening win over York yesterday in Marshall, MO, and did so in style; the 2013 MSHS grad from Snoqualmie, who played last season at Colby College in Kansas, had four aces and three digs to pace MVC.

St. Olaf splits season opening pair: Minnesota’s St. Olaf scored a win and loss to open the season yesterday, falling in their first game to Bethany Lutheran in five sets before sweeping Crown in the nightcap. Scores were not available for the two games, but stats were, and we can tell you that sophomore Lexie Read, from Snoqualmie and a 2013 MSHS grad, played both matches, and had five digs for StO in their win over Crown.

Utah def. Montana State 25-21, 25-21, 25-16: The host Utes took care of business, sweeping the visiting Bobcats in MSU’s season opener last night in Salt Lake City. Senior Zoe Gogan, from Fall City and a 2011 MSHS grad, had nine kills and a block to pace the Bobcats.

UNC Charlotte def. UNC Greensboro 25-21, 25-23, 26-24: McDonald had three kills, a dig and two blocks to pace UNCC to the sweep of their in-state rivals last night.

Missouri Valley College def. Sterling (KS) 19-25, 25-22, 25-23, 24-26, 19-17: The nightcap for MVC last night proved to be a barnburner, and Knoppi pitched in a kill, an assist, two aces and four digs to aid the home side to the thrilling five-set win.

Cross Country: Larson recognized by fans in preseason conference selections
Lipscomb sophomore women’s cross country runner Sally Larson, from Fall City and a graduate of Bothell’s Cedar Park Christian School, had a strong freshman season last year, and it appears fans of cross country within the Nashville university’s conference took notice.

According to the Atlantic Sun Conference, fans, in a vote online, selected Larson as their preseason pick for conference women’s runner of the year. Additionally, the conference themselves named the Valleyite, majoring in marketing, as their preseason pick for that same award. Lipscomb, whose season started yesterday with a meet at nearby Belmont University in Nashville, was picked by coaches to win the conference this fall.

Results from that meet yesterday were not available.

College season opens for Cedarcrest grad: Yesterday also marked the season opener for the University of Portland men’s team, which this fall features freshman Logan Orndorf, a 2014 Cedarcrest High School grad from Duvall. The Pilots were scheduled to meet Lewis & Clark College in a dual meet in Portland, but results from that contest were also not available by press time.

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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