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CRUSADERS FALL IN STATE OPENER

Tacoma Baptist fell 4-1 to No. 1 St. George’s on Nov. 16 in Spokane in their 2B boys soccer state tournament opener to be eliminated.

The Dragons’ Nik Avakyan scored three second-half goals to provide the margin of victory, all three coming off assists from Erik Muelheims. Corey Spalding gave St. George’s a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 27th minute.

The Crusaders avoided the shutout when Casey Slattery – the 2B state leading scorer – scored off an assists from Austin Lutterloh in the 78th minute. Tacoma Baptist created several chances in the match, having taken 15 shots.

The Crusaders finish with a 15-6-1 overall record, having gone 8-1 in SeaTac 2B play to finish second to Bear Creek.

ANNIE WRIGHT TAKES EIGHTH AT STATE

After falling in their first match, Annie Wright rattled off two straight wins before falling in the consolation bracket to settle for eighth place at the 1A state volleyball tournament on Nov. 15-16 at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

The Gators were topped 25-21, 25-17, 25-17 by Zillah in their opener on Nov. 15 to drop to the consolation bracket. It was the second straight year Annie Wright fell to Zillah in the opener.

They rebounded to top South Whidbey 16-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-22 later in the day, and beat Woodland 25-18, 17-25, 25-22, 27-25 on Nov. 16. The Gators fell 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 26-24 to King’s to earn eighth place. The Gators finished 17-3 overall on the season, as they won the Emerald City conference with a 14-0 record.

TACOMA BAPTIST FALLS IN FIRST TWO MATCHES

Making just their second ever appearance at the state tournament – the last time coming in 1998 – Tacoma Baptist fell in their first two matches on Nov. 15 at the Yakima Valley SunDome to be eliminated.

The Crusaders were topped 25-19, 25-13, 25-18 by eventual fourth-place finisher Davenport in their opener, and fell 25-16, 25-12, 25-19 to Wahkiakum later in the day.

Still, it was a successful season for Tacoma Baptist, which finished first in the SeaTac 2B league with a perfect 10-0 record. Senior Natalie Snyder earned the league’s most valuable player award for the second straight season.

LOGGERS ADVANCE TO THIRD ROUND

Double-overtime victories in their first two tournament games have led the Puget Sound women’s soccer team to the third round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Loggers topped Cal Lutheran 1-0 on Nov. 16 in Thousand Oaks, Calif., as freshman midfielder Jill Shimabuku struck for her first collegiate goal off a corner kick by Jordyn McLuen in the 102nd minute to provide the game-winner. The Loggers outshot Cal Lutheran 12-10 in the match, and Casey Thayer and Lauren Thomas made two saves apiece in goal for Puget Sound.

Amalia Acorda-Fey provided the late dramatics in a 1-0 win over Hardin-Simmons in the second round on Nov. 16, striking for her team-leading ninth goal of the season in the 102nd minute. The Loggers mustered just three shots on target in the match, and Thomas came up with four saves to help preserve the shutout. It was the 15th straight win for the Loggers, with the last six victories coming via shutouts.

The Loggers move on to face Washington (Mo.) in the third round on Nov. 23 at 9 a.m. at Francis Field in St. Louis, Mo.

LOGGER MEN ELIMINATED

The Puget Sound men’s soccer team won its first match, but fell in the second round to be eliminated from the Division III Tournament on Nov. 16-17 in San Antonio, Texas.

The Loggers took a 2-1 win in overtime over Hardin-Simmons on Nov. 16, as Vincent McCluskey scored off a cross from Eneko Bereziartua in the 96th minute for the game-winner. Sam Zisette had gotten the Loggers out to a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute, scoring off an assist by Carson Swope. But the Cowboys’ Colyn Moore answered with a goal in the 38th minute to tie the game at the break.

The Loggers fell 4-0 to Trinity (Tex.) on Nov. 17 to be eliminated, as the No. 7 Tigers held a 24-8 shot advantage. Puget Sound remained level nearly until halftime, but Trinity’s Zach Brock got the Tigers on the board with a goal seconds before the break. Jeff Hayes, Simon Uribe and Callum Squires struck for goals in the second half to put it away. Nathan King made six saves in the match for the Loggers.

The Loggers finish with a 15-6 overall record, having finished first in the Northwest Conference with a 12-2 mark.

LUTES FALL IN TOURNEY OPENER

The Pacific Lutheran volleyball team fell to No. 13 Augsburg in four sets – 16-25, 24-26, 25-19, 18-25 – in their Division III Tournament opener on Nov. 14 in Saint Paul, Minn. to be eliminated.

Allison Wood led the way with 13 kills for the Lutes, while Lucy Capron added 12 kills and Samantha North totaled 49 assists. Amber Aguiar tallied 13 digs to set the record for digs in a single season, surpassing the 583 put up by Rachelle Swondon in 1993. Ashley Peper had a game-high 21 kills for the Auggies.

The Lutes finish the season with a 19-6 overall record, having won the Northwest Conference title with a 15-1 record.

FLYTE QUALIFIES FOR NATIONAL MEET

University of Puget Sound senior Kathryn Flyte finished fifth in the women’s 6K race at the NCAA Division III West Regionals on Nov. 16 in Claremont, Calif. to advance to the NCAA Championships.

Flyte finished in a time of 22 minutes and 20.84 seconds, and becomes the first Logger women’s runner to compete at the national meet since Haley Walker in 2009.

The Loggers’ men took seventh as a team at regionals, as Justin Bigelow and Joshua Seekatz finished 31st and 32nd, respectively. Pacific Lutheran senior Alan DenAdel finished 30th individually to represent the Lutes’ men with a time of 26 minutes and 22.18 seconds.  

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