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College notebook: First Division-I soccer goals for Kemp, Fothergill

By , Columbian Sports Editor

For one local collegiate soccer player, her first goal was a long time coming.

For the other, it marked an instant impact.

Maddie Kemp and Olivia Fothergill scored their first NCAA Division-I goals last week.

Kemp scored in the second half of Gonzaga’s 3-0 win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday. It marked a big moment for the redshirt freshman, who missed the 2019 season with a knee injury.

Kemp set the Camas High School career scoring record with 141 goals, leading the Papermakers to four consecutive state 4A final fours and a championship in 2016.

That same day, Fothergill scored her first goal for Nevada in a 3-2 loss to Boise State. The true freshman, who transferred from Oregon after the fall semester, has started all three games for the Wolfpack this season.

Fothergill scored 97 goals the Mountain View High, a program record, and was a three-time Columbian All-Region selection.

Guermali lifts Gonzaga at NCAA cross country

Camas graduate Yacine Guermali recorded the best ever finish by a Gonzaga runner at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Monday, placing 55th.

Guermali, a redshirt junior, covered 10,000 meters in 31 minutes, 03 seconds. That helped Gonzaga finish 27th in the race at Stillwater, Okla.

Gonzaga coach Pat Tyson said the course was among the toughest his runners will face.

“The course was brutal,” Tyson said. “It was like a 10K steeplechase.”

Another Camas to Gonzaga connection was forged this past week. Papermakers senior Sam Geiger signed a letter of intent to run for the Bulldogs.

“We got another Papermaker,” Tyson said. “Really like this strong young man out of Camas. Sammy has a mix of great speed and endurance. He’s one of the best young talented runners in the Pacific Northwest.”

Geiger placed sixth in the 2019 4A state meet, helping the boys team win its first state championship.

Nygard notches first win at UP

Nick Nygard, a redshirt freshman from Columbia River, is in the win column for University of Portland baseball.

Nygard pitched three scoreless innings of relief in the Pilots’ 6-5 win over Utah Valley on Saturday. He faced 11 batters, striking out two, walking none and allowing two hits while recording the win.

Nygard hasn’t allowed a run in two relief appearances this season. He struck out two in two innings against Washington on March 9.


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