What a long strange trip it has been. The past few weeks have seen a few decisive victories on the road, an unimaginable amount of nickname distribution, and one heartbreaking overtime loss.
On April 4, 2014 the Pilots hit the road for a multi-game weekend against two divisional opponents. First up was a much-improved College of Idaho team that looked poised for a playoff bid. The Pilots entered the game prepared for the matchup and were able to execut the game plan to near perfection. The first two minutes of the game saw College of Idaho pump in two quick goals, but after a stern talking to the boys got it together and went on to dominate the remaining three quarters. The game finished with a final score of 15-5. Junior midfielder Nolan Ripple had a solid day putting five goals past the opposing keeper. Freshman phenom Madison Pihl came up big with 7 total points. However, the shining star was senior midfielder Matthew “Rosie” Rosales who had one of the most dominating face off performances of his career.
Game #2 on the weekend was against the always-pesky Whitman College Missionaries in Walla Walla, WA. The Pilots dominated from the first whistle, heading into the fourth quarter up 14-1. You could see the back-to-back games wearing on the Pilots as they took some lazy penalties and let Whitman outscore them 6-2 in the last quarter. In the end, the Pilots walked away with a 16-7 victory and ended the weekend with two huge wins. Junior attackmen Kevin Bastien pumped in five goals on the day while junior standout Chris Timm tallied 7 points finishing with 3 goals and 4 assists.
We don’t need to talk about the Gonzaga game all that much… We lost in overtime 10-9. Chris Timm put the team on his back scoring 6 goals, while Sophomore Matthew “The Commodore” Perry played probably the best game of his career. He was a clearing monster and was flat out ruthless on his slides and on ball defense.
The Pilots take on the Gaels of St. Mary’s in an out of conference battle on Tuesday April 15 at 8PM on the turf field at Delta Park.