|Central Valley celebrates clinching top spot in the Greater Spokane League Friday night|
LEAGUE PLAY :: April 21-24
|St John posted shutout in Rogers' streak-breaker|
In other close contests Wednesday, Lewis & Clark and Gonzaga Prep escaped upsets with the Tigers narrowly winning at University and the Bullpups avoiding a stunner at Joe Albi, getting two points via a shootout after a scoreless draw in which they also had to rally from a deficit in the tiebreaker.
|Terry Cox (R) celebrates opening goal versus CV|
The two then squared off in Friday's nightcap at Joe Albi Stadium in a thriller. The Bears held the better of play in the opening 10 minutes, but it was the Saxons getting on the board first when a Mick Thompson free kick from about 30 yards out on the right side found the head of Terry Cox off the far outside corner of the six, where he nodded down back toward the near post to put Ferris in front after 12 minutes.
|Hauenstein (R) celebrates after his go-ahead goal|
The match continued to be a back-and-forth contest with Central Valley having the more consistent attack and Ferris looking dangerous on set pieces in the final third. Evan Kern notched his sixth league assist of the season in the 64th, finding Mark McClain for some insurance in the 3-1 win and clinching the regular season GSL championship for Central Valley.
In addition to Rogers' win earlier in the day, Gonzaga Prep bounced out of their two game goal scoring drought with a superb performance against North Central in a 6-2 win at Albi. Meanwhile, University stomped Shadle 4-0 and Mead posted a mid-table upset against Lewis & Clark, nabbing a 2-0 victory. Austin Sterner had assists on the two first half goals for U-Hi while G-Prep was powered by Drew Mosman with two goals and assists and Hunter McKenna's brace.
Wednesday - Rogers 0 :: 1 North Central
Wednesday - Ferris 3 :: 1 Mt Spokane
Wednesday - Mead 0 :: 4 Central Valley
Wednesday - Gonzaga Prep 1 :: SO :: 0 Shadle Park
Wednesday - Lewis & Clark 1 :: 0 University
Friday - Lewis & Clark 0 :: 2 Mead
Friday - Mt Spokane 0 :: 1 Rogers
Friday - Gonzaga Prep 6 :: 2 North Central
Friday - Shadle Park 0 :: 4 University
Friday - Central Valley 3 :: 1 Ferris
|Despite good efforts, Newport couldn't deny Kyllo (L)|
Meanwhile, in Medical Lake the Cardinals created a three-way tie for first in the NEA by handing Colville its first loss of the campaign in another thriller. The unbeaten Indians opened the scoring 15 minutes in only to see the hosts answer four minutes later. Nick Rosenbeck gave Medical Lake the lead a minute into the second half with Colville equalizing in the 69th, sending the match to overtime where Rosenbeck provided the 3-2 winner with just over a minute remaining.
Tuesday also marked a showdown between the winless sides. Riverside came out on top in a back-and-forth 5-3 victory against Deer Park. The Rams opened the scoring via Antonio Mele and held the advantage going into the break, 2-1, thanks to a goal from Jeff Thompson. The Stags, however, came out of the intermission and claimed the lead with two goals in the first 11 minutes of the half. From there, though, it was all Riverside as Mele added a second and Thompson provided two more.
Thursday's contests went largely as expected with Colville crushing Riverside 10-0 and Lakeside dominating Deer Park 4-1. Kelly Kyllo scored two more for Lakeside, giving him a run of nine consecutive for the Eagles before Ole Stole got on the board to end the streak. In Medical Lake, Newport nearly pulled off another upset. This time Kai Thomas, Tuesday's goal scorer, put them on the board first in the second half. Ryan Spangler, though, tied it up and then Rosenbeck scored his second overtime winner, 2-1, of the week in the first minute of extra play.
Tuesday - Newport 1 :: 2 Lakeside
Tuesday - Colville 2 :: OT :: 3 Medical Lake
Tuesday - Deer Park 3 :: 5 Riverside
Thursday - Riverside 0 :: 10 Colville
Thursday - Lakeside 4 :: 1 Deer Park
Thursday - Newport 1 :: OT :: 2 Medical Lake
On Thursday, West Valley rebounded with a 4-1 win at Clarkston with scoring spread throughout the squad, but the bigger contest was the battle for first in Pullman, where the Greyhounds topped Cheney 1-0 to claim sole possession of the top spot in the table. Pullman's first win over the Blackhawks since 2011 was courtesy of a Sam Druffel winner in the 31st minute on a ball from Mason Petrino that split the defense. Meanwhile, Will Pitzer kept the perennial power off the board with his first complete game shutout of the year, the team's fifth clean sheet.
Tuesday - East Valley 0 :: 2 Cheney
Tuesday - Pullman 7 :: 1 West Valley
Thursday - West Valley 4 :: 1 Clarkston
Thursday - Cheney 0 :: 1 Pullman
Tuesday - Newport @ Lakeside [+]
Wednesday - Rogers @ North Central [+]
Wednesday - Gonzaga Prep @ Shadle Park [+]
Wednesday - Mead @ Central Valley [+]
Friday - Gonzaga Prep @ North Central [+]
Friday - Central Valley v Ferris - INWsn [+] ESP [+]
FIVE STARS - Top performers of the Week
|Nathan Grinalds (R)|
JD Hauenstein (Central Valley) :: Provided the assist on the opening goal and scored the final tally in a 4-0 victory over Mead Wednesday. He followed it up by scoring what held as the game-winner in a 3-1 victory over Ferris Friday to help clinch the regular season league title.
|Drew Mosman (C)|
Nick Rosenbeck (Medical Lake) :: He helped lead Medical Lake to a 3-2 overtime win against Colville, handing the visitors their first loss of the season. Rosenbeck put the Cardinals in front in the second half and then provided the winner a minute before the game was to be decided by a shootout Tuesday. On Thursday, helped the side avoid an upset to Newport, scoring another overtime winner, this time one minute into extra time, for a 2-1 victory.
Vince St John (Rogers) :: The Pirates have come close to ending the winless streak a few times this season, but the goalkeeper allowed just one goal in a narrow 1-0 loss to University Wednesday and then recorded the crucial shutout in the surprise 1-0 victory over Mt Spokane Friday to give them their first win since 2011.
STANDINGS & STATS (league games only)
REMAINING SCHEDULES (subject to change)
Greater Spokane League
Wednesday, April 29: Rogers v Lewis & Clark; Ferris v Shadle Park; Gonzaga Prep v Mt Spokane; Mead v University; North Central v Central Valley
Friday, May 1: Ferris v Lewis & Clark; Mt Spokane v North Central; Shadle Park v Mead; Rogers v Central Valley; University v Gonzaga Prep
Great Northern League
Tuesday, April 28: Clarkston v Cheney; Pullman v East Valley
Thursday, April 30: Cheney v West Valley; East Valley v Clarkston
Saturday, May 2: West Valley v East Valley; Pullman v Clarkston
Northeast A League
Tuesday, April 28: Colville v Newport; Deer Park v Medical Lake; Lakeside v Riverside
Thursday, April 30: Deer Park v Colville; Medical Lake v Lakeside; Newport v Riverside
Tuesday, May 5: Colville v Lakeside; Newport v Deer Park; Riverside v Medical Lake
Thursday, May 7: Medical Lake v Colville; Riverside v Deer Park; Lakeside v Newport