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Knight soccer this week at 69th year of sports begins at WVC

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The 69th season of intercollegiate sports begins this week for Wenatchee Valley College.  Both soccer teams kickoff the year tomorrow, and next week volleyball swings into action.

The men’s soccer team has a 17-game schedule and the women 20.  Each team begins with two nonleague contests and then begins NWAACC play Friday.  .  League play this season consists of two matches with each of the East members, and one game each with the South schools.  The gals have three more games than the guys because Yakima Valley in the East and Lane in the South do not field men’s teams.  Also, new his school year is the addition of North Idaho to the East Region in for both the men and women.

Note: This report covers a couple of weeks as I have limited time next week.

MENS SOCCER
The 18th season of soccer begins with a new coach, Peter Osborn, the eighth man to head the program. 

Tuesday, Shoreline, Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila
Series started in 1996 and is tied 4-4-3 with WVC trailing 2-3-1 in away matches.
Last two games ended ties with the most recent 1-1 at Shoreline last year.
Shoreline finished fourth (3-7-3) in the five-team North Region last year.
Season openers.  WVC is 11-4-2 with a two-game win streak.  They are 0-1 vs. Shoreline, losing 4-1 in 1999.

Wednesday, Olympic. Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila
Series started in 2005 and WVC is leading 5-0-2 and 2-0-2 in away matches.
Last two games ended ties with the most recent 0-0 at Bremerton in 2012.
Olympic finished fifth (3-8-2) in the five-team West Region last year.

Saturday, Southwestern Oregon, home.
Series started in 1996 and WVC is leading 5-1-4, and is 1-0-2 at home.
Last game was a Knight 6-1 victory in the season opener at Tukwila last year.
The Lakers from Coos Bay finished fifth (4-10-2) in the five-team South Region last year.
Home openers.  The Knights are 11-5-1 and have not lost since 2006...six wins and a 3-3 tie with Highline last year.

Thursday, Sept. 4, Clackamas away.
This will be the first competition for the Knights against Clackamas as the Cougars field a team for the first time.

Friday, Sept. 5 Chemeketa away.
Series started in 2008 and WVC trails 1-2-1 and 0-1-1 in away matches.
Last game was an 11-1 Storm win in Wenatchee in 2011.
The Salem school finished second (5-7-1) in the five-team South Region last year.

WOMENS SOCCER
Like the men, the women also begin their 18th season of soccer.  And like the men, they begin with a new coach…well, not exactly new.  John Wright headed the program for three-and-a-third years from 2005-08 and his now back.

Tuesday, Skagit Valley, Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila.
Series started in 1997 and WVC leads 10-7-3, but is 3-6-1 in road games.
The Cardinals have a two-game win streak, winning the last two games…both at Mount Vernon and both 1-0.
SVC finished fifth (6-9-1) in the six-team North Region a year ago.
Season openers.  WVC is 6-11 with a three-game losing streak.  They are 0-1 vs. Skagit Valley, losing 1-0 in 2012.

Wednesday, Tacoma, Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila.
Series started in 1997 and Tacoma leads 7-2-0, and 5-0-0 away from Wenatchee.
The Titans defeated the Knights 3-0 a year ago at Tukwila, and have a three-game win streak…all shutouts.
TCC finished fourth (6-8-2) in the six-team West Region last fall.

Saturday, Southwestern Oregon, home.
Series started in 1997 and WVC leads 4-3, but is 1-2 at home.
The Lakers have won three straight over the Knights, the last in 2011.
The Coos Bay squad finished tied for fifth (2-13-1) in the six-team South Region a year ago.
Home openers.  WVC is 8-9 with a three-game losing streak.  They are 1-0 vs. the Lakers, winning 8-1 in 2008.

Sept. 4, Clackamas, away.
Series started in 2005 and WVC is 0-5 and 0-2 in Oregon City.
The Cougars have been a pain for WVC…in five games the Knights have yet to score a goal while giving up 34.
The most recently met in 2011 here at home and were defeated 10-0.
Clackamas is the defending South Region champ (12-2-2).

Sept. 5, Chemeketa, away.
Series started in 2008 and WVC is 1-2 and 0-1 in Salem.
They last played in 2011 with the Strom winning 6-1 on the local field.
The Strom finished tied for fifth (2-13-1) in the six-team South Region a year ago.

VOLLEYBALL
The 2014 season is the eighth of volleyball at Wenatchee Valley College and the young ladies open their season at the Spokane Invitational Tournament next week on September 6 and 7.  The Knights open with Mt. Hood and Highline in pool play.  In five tries WVC has yet to beat the Saints, and against the Thunderbirds they are 4-4.

Teams participating are Big Bend, Blue Mountain, Chemeketa, Clark, Edmonds, Highline, Linn-Benton, Mt. Hood, Olympic, Spokane, Walla Walla and Wenatchee Valley.

The Knights begin league competition the 17th.  Back for her second year as coach is Daria Winckler.

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