BILLINGS, Mont. — Sophomore Madison Bradley scored the first goal and assisted on the last to lead Central Washington to a 4-0 victory over Montana State Billings as GNAC play opened on Saturday.
Goalkeeper Emily Thomson made five saves in the shutout for the Wildcats (1-3-2 overall), who host Seattle Pacific next Saturday.
First half: 1, CWU, Madison Bradley (PK), 5:37; 2, CWU, Lexsi Manning (KK Wallace), 39:10; 3, CWU, Makinzie Packwood (Chelsea Marozik), 42:41.
Second half: 4, CWU, Paige Devine (Bradley), 79:41.
Saves: Emily Thomson (CWU) 5, Erinn Harder (MSB) 0.
Spokane edges Yaks 1-0
SPOKANE — In an NWAC showdown of ranked teams, No. 3 Spokane edged No. 6 Yakima Valley 1-0 with a late goal on Saturday.
Gaby Kennedy’s penalty kick in the 70th minute was the difference and kept Spokane unbeaten in the East Region at 4-0.
Goalkeeper Brynlee Ward made three saves for YVC, which earned the program’s first NWAC ranking last week.
The Yaks (2-1-1 East, 5-1-1 overall) host Treasure Valley on Friday.
First half: No scoring.
Second half: 1, Spokane, Gaby Kennedy (PK), 70:21.
Saves: Brynlee Ward (YV) 3, Micky Ramirez (S) 1.
Vikings sweep CWU
ELLENSBURG — Flexing its nationally ranked muscle, Western Washington swept Central Washington in a clash of GNAC unbeatens Saturday night at Nicholson Pavilion.
The Vikings, ranked 13th in NCAA Division II and third in the West region, won the match 25-20, 25-23, 25-20.
Makala Swart put together 14 kills, eight digs and three blocks and Shelby Mauritson posted a double-double of 11 kills and 11 digs for the Wildcats, who are ranked sixth in the West region.
Central (3-1 GNAC, 9-2 overall) resumes conference play at Western Oregon on Thursday.
CWU highlights: Makala Swart 14 kills, 8 digs, 3 blocks; Shelby Mauritson 11 kills, 11 digs; Madison Weg 8 kills, 17 digs, 4 blocks; Sarah Joffs 4 kills; Julia Mellander 3 kills, 6 blocks; Gabrielle Aihara 34 assists, 10 digs; Kyla Morgan 18 digs.
Yaks drop two
WALLA WALLA — In an NWAC crossover event, Yakima Valley lost to Highline in four sets 25-20, 20-25, 25-21, 25-21 and then fell to Shoreline in five sets 15-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 15-5.
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Yakima Valley (7-16 overall, 1-1 conference) hosts Big Bend at 6 p.m. for an NWAC East match on Wednesday.