Oly Rollers 168, Denver 161
Despite suffering nearly crippling penalties with just minutes left to play in the bout and a hostile crowd at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California, the #4 seed Oly Rollers held off the #2 seed Denver Derby Dolls 168-161 to win the WFTDA west region championship for the third time in four years. Denver’s Sandrine Rangeon narrowed Oly’s lead to 164-159 with just 1:59 left to play but Oly’s On Da Sligh and Denver’s Heather Juska went scoreless in the next jam before Atomatix won the lead jammer and ran out the clock in the bout’s final jam.
Denver led 34-15 ten minutes into the bout and a 19-0 jam for Hearher Juska increased the Denver lead to 53-24. But Atomatrix and On Da Sligh answered with 14-0 and 20-0 jams and Oly scored 51 unanswered points to take a 75-53 lead and eventually took an 88-77 point lead into halftime.
After falling behind 104-89 early in the second half, Denver tied the bout 108-108 with about twenty minutes left to play and led by nine with twelve minutes left to play. But a 25-0 Atomatrix jam gave turned the half around for Oly and gave them a 152-136 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
Both teams move on to the WFTDA Championships in Atlanta beginning on November 2nd. By winning the west region, the Oly Rollers earn a first round bye.
Clarissa Strayer talks about her game winning goal
(Saint Martin’s YouTube channel)
Saint Martin’s 2, Western Oregon 1 – Recap from SMUSaints.com
A Clarissa Strayer header found the back of the net with just 50 seconds left to play to give Saint Martin’s a 2-1 GNAC win over Western Oregon at the SMU Soccer Field. The Saints fell behind early when Kymberly Witmer scored in the 12th minute for the Wolves. But the Saints cut the lead when Wolves goalkeeper Kelsey Lindsey mishandled a Sasha Dini cross for an own goal in the 34th minute. Ashley Engel made six saves in goal for Saint Martin’s.