One postponed game from a week ago aside, the Mid-Columbia Conference hit the mid-season point Tuesday evening, and the night was highlighted by a first-place showdown between unbeaten Southridge and 5-1 Kamiakin. The two sides battled to a draw through regulation and overtime, but the shootout went decisively to the Suns, allowing them to finish 7-0 through the first half of the campaign.
In the Spokane area leagues, the night was highlighted by a back-and-forth contest between Northeast A League contenders Medical Lake and Lakeside that saw the visiting Cardinals snare a 3-2 victory in the final minute of overtime.
Here's a look around the action from Tuesday night...
In the marquee match-up of the night, the Lakeside Eagles were looking to pull back in the title race with a match-up against Medical Lake, and the two played a back-and-forth affair that was just moments away from a shootout when Medical Lake snagged a 3-2 win. It looked like the Cardinals were going to take the early lead in the 17th minute on a penalty, but the attempt clanged off the upper right corner of the woodwork. Within the next minute the Eagles were celebrating at the other end when Lexi Torok scored her sixth goal of the NEA campaign on a ball from Payton Stueckle.
The visitors, though, answered two minutes later with a goal from Jayda Noble that ended a six-goal streak for teammate Makayla Geiger that spanned three games. Geiger, however, scored the next two in dramatic fashion. The first came on a bouncing ball well out on the right flank where she struck the ball out of the air, sending it soaring over the goalkeeper that was too far out to keep it from dropping in under the bar in the 36th minute for a Cardinal lead at the intermission.
Six minutes into the second half Hannah Mitchell fed Alyssa Figy to pull the two sides level and thing remained that way until the final minute in overtime. Though Lakeside was continually threatening to score the winner, Geiger struck for the winner when a long ball up the left from Noble drew the keeper out and Geiger beat her to it, sending a slow roller from about 14 yards out over the line for the victory and putting her in double digits for goals on the season.
Deer Park rolled to a 4-0 at Newport with Donaldson scoring twice in the first half and Courtney Stark hitting for two in the second half. Rowenna Nelson recorded her third shutout in NEA play.
Riverside surprised visiting Freeman 2-1 to earn their second victory of the season, getting a first half goal from Tayler Moug on a ball from Jamie Conner in the 11th minute. The two combined in the 54th as well with Moug giving the Rams what proved to be the winning strike. Ysabella Panzeri scored for Freeman in the 63rd, but the Scotties were unable to complete the rally.
Southridge kept its unbeaten record intact, but needed its second shootout win of the season to remain in front of second place Kamiakin after battling the Braves to a 1-1 stalemate. Kayleen Sambrano put the Suns up at home in the first half of the first-place showdown, but Kamiakin answered via Aaliyah Valladares early in the second half. The two sides remained even the rest of the way, sending the contest to the tiebreaker, where Southridge came away with a 3-0 decision. At the midway point, though, the pair of 3A schools still lead their 4A counterparts in the MCC table.
The Pasco Bulldogs took the lead 16 minutes into the contest against visiting Walla Walla and doubled the lead following a blocked shot six minutes later. The Blue Devils answered with a goal from Krystal Roberts with five minutes left before the break, but were not able to find an equalizer in the second period as Pasco held on for a 2-1 victory.
In a mid-table battle, Tory Romero scored 10 minutes into the match for the Hanford Falcons and Dani Mendoza doubled the lead in the 21st minute on a free kick to blank Richland 2-0.
Though they dropped a shootout decision last week to Hanford, Chiawana's Summer Yates being away for a US Under-16 National Team camp in the Netherlands has not affected the Riverhawks too much as witnessed by Tuesday night's 6-0 blowout victory over Kennewick. Ruthie Edrington scored twice and added an assist. Also leading the way were Avery Bond (goal and assist) and Lindsey Ellingson (goal and two assists). Kelsee Winston posted the shutout.
The Riverhawks will probably get Yates back soon as the camp ran from September 16-27 and included three matches. They opened with a 3-3 draw against the U17 Netherlands NT in which Yates gave the US a two-goal lead with a penalty. They went on to tie academy side CTO Amsterdam 0-0 and post a 2-1 victory Monday against academy team CTO Eindhoven.
In the marquee contest of the night in the Columbia Basin Big Nine, Wenatchee and Moses Lake played to a scoreless stalemate Tuesday evening, though a shot late in overtime from Moses Lake's Morgon Skone, who hit the crossbar earlier in extra time, led to confusion as to whether the ball was in or out before going through a hole in the net. Wenatchee took the tiebreaker, 4-3.
Eastmont, meanwhile, picked up their first victory of the Big 9 season with a 2-0 victory on the road against Sunnyside with goals from Maddy Chandler and Kara Pinard.
West Valley dominated in 10-1 victory at Eisenhower with Kendall Sharp tallying twice late in the contest to complete a hat-trick. Lauryn Peters scored two of the first three goals and Jordan Karnes scored twice in the second half.
The Cheney Blackhawks headed south and posted a 2-0 victory in Pullman with Madison O'Callaghan scoring five minutes before the break and Gabby Nguyen striking a minute into the second half. Nicole Rowley registered her second shutout in the GNL.
The Clarkston Bantams went north looking to stay in the hunt and left West Valley with a narrow 1-0 decision against the Eagles thanks to a 59th minute penalty conversion from Makinzie Packwood and eight saves from Katelyn Bittle. It was Packwood's seventh goal in the GNL. The result created a huge chasm between the top three and West Valley and Pullman at the bottom of the table.
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Wednesday, September 28
GSL - Mt Spokane @ Shadle Park (Joe Albi) 4:00
GSL - Lewis & Clark @ Ferris 4:00
GSL - Gonzaga Prep @ University 6:30
GSL - Rogers @ Central Valley 6:30
GSL - Mead @ North Central (Joe Albi) 6:30
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... 9.27 West Valley @ Eisenhower... 9.27 Eastmont @ Sunnyside... 9.27 Walla Walla @ Pasco... 9.27 Kamiakin @ Southridge