It was a dramatic week of close contest, upsets and showdowns between contenders among the Spokane area leagues last week. Central Valley's 24-game unbeaten run* came to an end and GNL contenders squared off against one another.
GREATER SPOKANE LEAGUE
Mt Spokane, meanwhile, nearly made an amazing comeback from three down against rival Mead, but the free kick late in the contest by Tyler Smith, who posted a goal and assist in the rally, was saved by Andrew Huffman off the crossbar. University posted a close win over Shadle Park, 2-1, and Gonzaga Prep got past Rogers with a 2-0 win.
The night, though, was highlighted by the surprising loss by Central Valley at Mead. Peter Weller, who tallied a goal and assist Wednesday, scored twice on the afternoon to rally Mead past Central Valley for a 2-1 win. It was the first GSL league loss for the Bears since April 16, 2014 (a 1-0 SO loss to Ferris) and first regulation/OT defeat since March 26, 2014 (a 2-1 loss to LC). CV had not lost a game in Regulation or overtime versus GSL opposition in 24 games, including three postseason contests.
Meanwhile, 3A sides were also busy making things difficult for 4A opposition. North Central edged University on a goal from Aidan Chapparo and Mt Spokane took Gonzaga Prep in a scoreless stalemate to the tiebreaker before falling. LC blanked Rogers 2-0 and Fruci scored twice for Ferris in a 3-0 win against Shadle.
The trio of Pullman, East Valley and West Valley are making things interesting in the league. On Tuesday, East Valley prevailed at home in a shootout thanks to two saves from Kohl Tomcho in the tiebreaker after the two sides finished scoreless.
On Saturday, the Spokane Valley rivals squared off in a morning affair that saw host West Valley grab the lead in the first half, but East Valley scored early in the second half when Trevor Jacobs put the ball in the empty goal after Zack Babinski missed the ball leaping out to knock away a looping free kick. Devonte Gorman created the winner with two minutes left when he drove toward goal, putting the ball into a scramble inside the six that was put away by Matthew Spitze.
The rest of the contests on the week were one-sided affairs.
NORTHEAST A LEAGUE
Lakeside had a second chance with Colville visiting, but Alberto Cisneros proved too much with a pair of goals. After a scoreless first half, Cisneros broke the stalemate with a well-struck ball from the right, but Caio Hessel scored a great goal, redirecting a ball mid-air from Jeff Friedman. Nick Wolf put the visitors back in front and Cisneros made the lead two, but Hessel again made for a dramatic finish with a late goal.
While all eyes were focused on Lakeside, it was Riverside that registered the upsets of the week. On Tuesday, they rallied from an early deficit with Josh Thompson providing a goal and assist in the final 10 minutes of the first half for a 2-1 win. Two days later they stunned host Medical Lake with a 2-0 win, getting a goals from Xavier Batle-Fuentes in each half.
INWsn's EASTERN WASHINGTON THREE STARS - Week 5
Weller - Mead :: Scored both goals in the 2-1 upset win that ended Central Valley's GSL unbeaten streak and tallied a goal and assist in the 3-2 win over rival Mt Spokane.
Fruci - Ferris :: Created the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Lewis & Clark and tallied two goals in a 3-0 win against Shadle Park.
GREATER SPOKANE LEAGUE -- WEEK FIVE (April 11-16)
Wednesday, April 13
Lewis & Clark 0 :: 1 Ferris
F: Callan Martin (Andrew Fruci) 79 :: GK - F: James Mann; LC: John Zylak / Josh Via
University 2 :: 1 Shadle Park
U: Austin Sterner (Tyler Kemp) 19, Diego Garcia (Fraser Robertson) 75; SP: Sao Bakana (Eddie Montiel) 49 :: GK - U: Hunter Atwood; SP: Connor Harlow
Central Valley 9 :: 1 North Central
CV: Chase Reidt (Jared Creighton) 2, RJ Stretch 8, JD Hauenstein (Blake Riley) 22, Noah Whitman 25, Devin Hauenstein 28, Riley Baker (Jake Levine) 38, JD Hauenstein (Creighton) 44, Mark McClain 46, Kevin Harper (Levine) 68; NC: Dominic Deatherage 52 :: GK - CV: Kendall Findley / Andrew Bertone; NC: Josh Ruff
Mead 3 :: 2 Mt Spokane
M: Conaire Shaffer (Peter Weller) 20, Weller (Michael McLeod) 44, Hayden DelPizzo 50; MS: Tyler Smith 60, Alex Foust (Smith) 65 :: GK - M: Andrew Huffman; MS: Hunter Prudden
Rogers 0 :: 2 Gonzaga Prep
GP: Luke Barbieri (Brendan Doohan) 38, Dillon Vandiver (Joel Dull) 50 :: GK - GP: Kalil Taylor / Andrew Davey; R: Vince St John
Friday, April 15
Shadle Park 0 :: 3 Ferris
F: Callan Martin 39, Andrew Fruci 45, Fruci 58 :: GK - F: James Mann; SP: Connor Harlow
Lewis & Clark 2 :: 0 Rogers
LC: Henry Smaldon (Jack Bryant) 40, Adam Thompson (Chandler Goff) 77 :: GK - LC: Josh Via; R: Francisco Ayala-Rosales
Central Valley 1 :: 2 Mead
M: Peter Weller (Hayden Jones) 18, Weller (Michael McLeod) 55; CV: Mark McClain (Jared Creighton) 13 :: GK - M: Andrew Huffman; CV: Kendall Findley
University 0 :: 1 North Central
NC: Aidan Chapparo 20 :: GK - NC: Josh Ruff; U: Hunter Atwood / Jaymon Manzi
Mt Spokane 0 :: SO :: 1 Gonzaga Prep
GK - GP: Kalil Taylor; MS: Hunter Prudden
GREAT NORTHERN LEAGUE -- WEEK FIVE (April 11-16)
Tuesday, April 12
Pullman 0 :: SO :: 1 East Valley
GK - EV: Kohl Tomcho; P: Will Pitzer
Clarkston 0 :: 4 Cheney
CH: Camden Verstrate (Noah Prophet) 15, Kelby Holland (Graham West) 35, West (Peirone) 46, John Beale (Holland) 50 :: GK - NA
Thursday, April 14
East Valley 5 :: 1 Clarkston
EV: Ryan Graham (Chase Binder) 14, Trevor Jacobs (Devonte Gorman) 16, Gorman 32, Tristan Gresch 62, Gresch (Gorman) 80; C: Theodore Daiye 60 :: GK - EV: Kohl Tomcho; C: Bryton Lejameyer / Jake O'Shaughnessy
Cheney 0 :: 3 West Valley
WV: Kual Nyiang (Chris Lucas) 4, Drake Pederson 65, Jayden Payne (Nyiang) 76 :: GK - WV: Zack Babinski; C: Dalton Mauzay
Saturday, April 16
East Valley 2 :: 1 West Valley
EV: Trevor Jacobs 51, Matthew Spitze (Devonte Gorman) 78; WV: Mike Silva (Chris Lucas) 32 :: GK - EV: Kohl Tomcho; Zack Babinski
Clarkston 0 :: 5 Pullman
P: Will Konkel 48, Matt Winchell 50, Sam Druffel (Konkel) 55, Druffel (Winchell) 65, Will Pitzer (Tattershall) 80 :: GK - P: Will Pitzer / Matt Winchell; C: Jake O'Shaughnessy
NORTHEAST A LEAGUE -- WEEK FIVE (April 11-16)
Tuesday, April 12
Deer Park 0 :: 8 Colville
C: Ridge Walston 13, Jimmy Lepp (Alberto Cisneros) 29, Cisneros (Trevor Mitchell) 36, Cisneros (Nick Wolf) 46, Cisneros (Wolf) 51, Noah Rarrick (Cisneros) 68, Lepp 74, Rarrick (Mitchell) 77 :: GK - C: Cyrus Butterfield; DP: St Amend
Medical Lake 5 :: 3 Lakeside
ML: Peter Hanson 13, Nick Rosenbeck 15, Hanson 36, Austin Geiger 42, Mark Jensen 48; L: Ethan Williams 31, Caio Hessel 72, Dillon Dennis 75 :: GK - ML: Sam Matt, L: Micah Tenney
Newport 1 :: 2 Riverside
R: Josh Thompson (Xavier Batle-Fuentes) 31, Stoeppler (Thompson) 36; N: Angarita 13 :: GK - R: Redmond; N: Moorhead
Thursday, April 14
Colville 3 :: 2 Lakeside
C: Alberto Cisneros 45, Nick Wolf 58, Cisneros 64; L: Caio Hessel (Jeff Friedman) 49, Hessel 79 :: GK - C: Cyrus Butterfield; L: Micah Tenney / Carter Christen
Newport 4 :: 1 Deer Park
N: Own goal 16, Rufino (Graham) 17, Thomas (Rufino) 37, Johnny Quandt (Rufino) 79; DP: Moeckel (pen) 50 :: GK - N: NA; DP: St Amend
Riverside 2 :: 0 Medical Lake
R: Xavier Batle-Fuentes 21, Batle-Fuentes 77 :: GK - R: Redmond; ML: Garren Garza