The three co-leaders of the Greater Spokane League were all victorious Friday, taking their matching 6-1-0 records into the final week of the regular season. While Gonzaga Prep and Central Valley comfortably dispatched their 3A opposition, Mead needed overtime to get past a plucky University side looking to stay in the postseason hunt that rallied on a pair of set piece goals from Julia Adair.
The trailing duo of Lewis & Clark and Ferris also both won. LC dominated Rogers with Camryn Gardner extending her scoring streak to seven league games. She is the only player to score in every GSL contest this season. Ferris, meanwhile, rallied against North Central.
In the final week of the season, Central Valley has the easiest path with games against Mt Spokane and North Central. Gonzaga Prep plays Mead Wednesday in a crucial match that will likely decide who finishes third with Prep moving on to play Rogers Friday while Mead hosts Ferris.
The three others have mixed schedules. Tied at 4-3-0, Lewis & Clark faces Shadle and Mt Spokane while Ferris is at University and Mead. The Titans, sitting a game back, could pull even against Ferris and be in the mix for a playoff berth with their finale against Shadle, making for a dramatic finish mid-table.
In the race for the top 3A seed, all four schools lost on the day, leaving Mt Spokane two points in front of North Central with two tough contests ahead of them while the Indians have Rogers among their final two games. All four, though, will move onto districts.
Here's a look around the action from Friday...
Mt Spokane 0-2 Gonzaga Prep: Corynn Vigil scored the lone goal of the first half on a ball from Trudi Timperman in the 31st minute and Angel Denke tallied with nine minutes left for some insurance. Zoe Boleneus and Samantha Bertagnolli combined for the shutout.
Shadle Park 1-4 Central Valley: An own goal by the Highlanders in the first minute looked like it was going to be the lone tally of the first half, but Michael Pitts tallied in the final moments of the half to double the Bears' lead. Another own goal pushed the lead to three in the 52nd minute and Kaelyn Barnes scored in the 67th to make it four. Veronica Mulford spoiled the shutout with a goal in the 80th on a ball from Keilah Shaw.
Mead 3-2 OT University: Claire Neder scored five minutes into the match to give the Panthers the lead and the goal stood as the lone tally until Katie Greene struck to double the advantage in the 50th. The Titans rallied on a brace from Julia Adair, who converted a penalty in the 58th and found the back of the net on a free kick with just three minutes remaining on the clock to take the match to overtime. Extra time was approaching a shootout, but two minutes before the tiebreaker would be needed Greene scored her second courtesy of Neder.
Lewis & Clark 8-0 Rogers: Camryn Gardner and Kiki Bourekis each scored a pair of goals for the Tigers as they posted six in the first half. Gardner, who has scored in all seven GSL contests for the Tigers, tallied in the opening minute and made it two in the sixth. Bourekis scored her first in the ninth with Jacqueline Brown tallying in the 13th and Sophie Doneen in the 22nd before she scored her second four minutes before halftime. Taylor Kenney struck a minute into the second half and her sister Katelyn Kenney set up Claire Wilson nine minutes later before the visitors let off the gas. JV keeper Erin Carney recorded the shutout.
Ferris 2-1 North Central: With their winds at their backs, the Saxons failed to get on the board in the first half and found themselves trailing when the whistle sounded for halftime. They did nearly take the lead midway through the period when Yacine Bitibale beat NC keeper Sarah Manor on a breakaway but was unable to finish as Manor tripped her up while coming out to challenge. The resulting penalty, though, was sent wide left by Alexis Murphy. The wind did play a bit of a factor when the Indians struck nine minutes before the break. Quincy McDeid put them on the board on a ball from Kaylee Mellgren. The wind died down a bit in the second half, and the Saxons were able to capitalize to rally to the win thanks to Sydney Clements. She fed Katie Uphus for the equalizer eight minutes into the second half, and with seven minutes remaining in regulation she found Jillian Calkins for the victory.
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Saturday, October 15
GNL - Pullman @ East Valley 10:00
GNL - Clarkston @ Cheney 12:00
MCC - Hanford @ Kennewick 12:00
MCC - Walla Walla @ Southridge 1:00
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