In the biggest contest of the night, two unbeatens squared off in Cheney with first place on the line in the Great Northern League and the visiting Knights of East Valley came away with the spoils in a tight 1-0 decision.
Elsewhere in the region Deer Park rolled to an easy win at home to pull even with Medical Lake in the Northeast A League while Southridge and West Valley cruised to wins to remain perfect in the Mid-Columbia Conference and Columbia Basin Big Nine, respectively. West Valley grabbed sole possession of first with the result.
In an early season showdown for first, the Cheney Blackhawks were left regretting two shots that smacked off the crossbar as they dropped their first contest of the season. Shannon Frucci scored the lone goal for the Knights, making a great individual effort to provide the winner in the 68th minute to keep East Valley perfect unbeaten and now two points in first. It was her fourth of the GNL campaign. The battle of goalkeepers saw Kari Bromley come out on top with five saves for her second GNL shutout while Nicole Rowley made seven in the loss.
In a battle of the bottom, the West Valley Eagles picked up their first win with a 4-1 victory over visiting Pullman in a game in which they scored all five. The Eagles fell behind on a 15th minute own goal, but Chelsea Koker answered two minutes before the intermission and Natalie Blair put them in front seven minutes into the second half. Alexa Lee tallied the final two.
In a back-and-forth affair in Colville, Lakeside scored the opening goal eight minutes in via Maddie Hall, but the hosts answered with goals from Kirsten Stickney in the 15th and 59th to take the lead. Hall, though, struck again with nine minutes left, ultimately sending the match to a shootout that the Eagles prevailed in 4-3.
Despite injuries and the flu bug hitting the Stags, Deer Park blanked visiting Riverside 3-0 with goals from Emmy Moore, Hodgson and Jessie Thomas. Rowenna Nelson picked up her second shutout in NEA play.
Freeman dominated in an 8-1 victory against visiting Newport. Ysabella Panzeri set up Brynn Van Orden five minutes in and went on to tally further with Van Orden finishing with two goals and Panzeri three assists. Claire Love also scored twice.
After starting the season 3-1, the Chiawana Riverhawks have now dropped two consecutive games in a shootout to teams in the bottom half of the table. Hanford took the lead Thursday in the 55th minute through Sadie Newsome with Alexa Neff pulling the Riverhawks even nine minutes later. Hanford keeper Kelsee Winston was key in the result, making three saves in regulation and another in the 6-5 shootout victory.
Kamiakin and Richland rolled to wins in the other two contests. The Braves posted a 7-0 victory at Walla Walla with hat-tricks from Aaliyah Valladares and Maddie Morgan. The Bombers blanked Pasco 3-0 with goals from Sophie Mendoza, Megan Haugen and Gabrielle Fillmore.
With just two contests on the night, Wenatchee edged visiting Sunnyside 1-0 to move even at 2-2 on the season while West Valley remained perfect at 4-0 with a 3-1 win against winless Eastmont with goals from Lexi Maison, Megan Lee and Kendall Sharp.
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Friday, September 23
GSL - Mead @ Mt Spokane 4:00
GSL - Central Valley @ Lewis & Clark 4:00
GSL - Gonzaga Prep @ Ferris 4:00
GSL - North Central @ Shadle Park 4:00
GSL - University @ Rogers 4:00
Missing Data... If you have scoring / goalkeeping information for the following games, please email to gbarnsoccer-at-gmail or message INWsoccernews on Facebook: 9.6 All MCC games... 9.8 Walla Walla @ Kennewick... 9.13 Southridge @ Richland... 9.13 All CBBN games... 9.15 Eisenhower @ Wenatchee... 9.17 Pasco @ Kennewick... 9.20 Southridge @ Walla Walla... 9.20 Chiawana @ Pasco... 9.20 Eisenhower @ Sunnyside... 9.22 Sunnyside @ Wenatchee