NIC SOCCER: Cardinals keep postseason hopes alive
COEUR d’ALENE — In another must-win situation, North Idaho College kept its postseason hopes alive once again.
Griffin Teuber had a goal and assist for NIC, which beat Columbia Basin College 2-1 in a Northwest Athletic Conference match at Eisenwinter Field on Saturday.
With the win, NIC (10-4-1, 6-4-1 NWAC) can clinch a playoff spot by beating the Community Colleges of Spokane on Wednesday at Spokane Falls.
“Our last three games have been playoff games,” NIC coach Ken Thompson said. “We had to continue to win out, and our guys just got the job done today.”
Braden Bennett scored on an assist from Teuber in the 49th minute to give NIC a 2-0 lead. Columbia Basin pulled within a goal in the 75th minute, but could not push across the equalizer.
“It was a pretty hard fought game,” Thompson said. “Columbia Basin did a good job of beating us in the flank, but our guys did a good job of clearing the ball and running out the clock.”
Columbia Basin (9-4-2, 8-1-2) has wrapped up the East Region title and first round bye in the playoffs.
First half — 1, NIC, Griffin Teuber (Adam Hernandez), 39:54. Second half — 2, NIC, Braden Bennett (Teuber), 49:19. 3, CBC, Johnny Ramirez (Raymundo Curiel), 74:44.
Shots on goal — CBC 2, NIC 3.
Saves — CBC, Daniel Puga 1; NIC, Stuart Herlinger 1.
Columbia Basin 3
North Idaho 0
COEUR d’ALENE — The visiting Hawks locked up the East Region title with a win over the Cardinals in a Northwest Athletic Conference match at Eisenwinter Field.
NIC (11-4-0, 8-3-0 NWAC) can clinch a playoff spot and second seed from the East Region with a win over the Community Colleges of Spokane on Wednesday at Spokane Falls.
Columbia Basin is 10-2-2, 9-1-1.
First half — 1, CBC, Ana Andrade (Shayne Ashe), 39:35. Second half — 2, CBC, Avery Bond (Zoe Asue), 75:53. 3, CBC, Andrade (Alexis Olivas), 87:16.
Shots on goal — CBC 11, NIC 14.
Saves — CBC, RiaJo Schwartz 14; NIC, Hailee Mize 8.