Wednesday, October 19, 2016

HS DAILY - 10.19.16: Hanford, Southridge clinch top MCC regional seeds

In a showdown of two red hot teams that were in a race for the top 4A seed out of the Mid-Columbia Conference, the Hanford Falcons needed to rally at home to top the Chiawana Riverhawks Tuesday night. In addition to Hanford clinching the top 4A spot, they are still tied atop the league at 11-2 with Southridge, which clinched the top 3A spot, going into the final games. Hanford visits mid-table Richland Thursday while Southridge, which leads on points, is at third place Kamiakin Saturday.

In the Great Northern League, Clarkston handed top seed East Valley its first loss of the year, clinching second in the league with Cheney losing at home to West Valley.

Deer Park essentially locked up the top NEA spot with a game against last place Newport in the finale, but the race for the final berth will be interesting with Riverside facing Freeman in the finale. Trailing by three Riverside could snatch the final spot with a win in regulation or overtime to pull even on points and give them the tiebreaker edge with a season sweep of the Scotties.

Here's a look around the action from Tuesday...

MCC #####

Walla Walla 0-5 Kamiakin:  The Braves rolled to the win with a pair of goals and an assist from Maddie Morgan and a goal and two assists from Britney Donais. Morgan opened the scoring in the 13th. Donais scored in the 27th with Morgan pushing it to three just two mintues later. In the second half Morgan found Izzy Conover four minutes in and Kaeri Ward rounded out the scoring with 10 minutes remaining. Grace Wilbur and Alyssa Humphrey combined for the shutout.

Chiawana 1-2 Hanford:  In a key showdown for the top spot among the 4A schools, the Riverhawks got on the board first, but Taylor Matheny delivered a corner in the 35th minute that Blake Danna nodded home to even things up. Early in the second half Matheny scored the winner on a through ball from Jessica Maher putting Hanford two wins clear of the Riverhawks to clinch the top 4A seed going into regionals against the GSL.

Richland 5-2 Pasco:  The Bulldogs grabbed a two goal lead at home in the first half with a penalty from Dani Gibson in the 10th minute and a strike from Megan Wilkinson in the 15th. The second half, though, was a completely different game as Kat Heck tallied two goals and two assists in leading the Bombers to the comeback victory. Sophie Mendoza, Gabrielle Fillmore and Sydney Heidegger also scored.

Kennewick 0-8 Southridge:  Facing the winless Lions, the Suns went in knowing that barring a disaster, they would clinch the top seed on senior night. They celebrated with a goalfest in the first half before letting up on the gas. Senior Kelly Brown, with one goal thus far in the MCC campaign, celebrated her final regular season contest with a hat-trick in the first half. After a Syd Sanders strike five minutes in, Brown scored her first around the 12th with an immediate follow-up goal from Kayleen Sambrano in the 13th. Brown scored again in the 17th for a quick four goal lead for the Suns. Haley Thomas made it five in the 29th and Brown finished the hat-trick four minutes before the break. The hosts still weren't done for the half with Morgan Nelson scoring two minutes later to take the team lead in goals for the MCC season with 10. McKaley Goffard, though, pulled back even with Nelson early in the second half with her 10th to cap the night. Syd Sanders also had two assists and Tia Valadez recorded the shutout.

CBBN #####

Eastmont 1-5 West Valley:  Shannon Curtis scored two minutes in and Jordan Karnes tallied in the sixth on a ball from Kendra Hanses for an early advantage. Karnes connected with Lexi Maison to push the lead to three in the 26th and Carli Short in the 30th for four before the break. Carissa Miller scored 10 minutes into the second half for Eastmont to spoil the shutout. Hanses found Curtis, who had not scored since the league opener, four minutes later for the final goal.

Moses Lake 2-1 OT Davis:  The hosts had the lead at halftime, but Morgan Skone evened things up in the second half with her first goal of the league campaign and struck for the winner in overtime on a ball from Denali Knowles.

Wenatchee 6-0 Sunnyside - No Details Available

GNL #####

East Valley 2-3 Clarkston:  The Knights may have clinched the top going into the final week of play, but the Bantams proved Tuesday night that the postseason may not be an easy path, handing East Valley its first loss of the season. Taylen Wohl put the hosts on the board 11 minutes in and then league-leading scorer Makinzie Packwood scored two, tallying in the 12th and again in the 39th, for a three goal advantage at the break. The Knights fought back in the second half with Chloe Gellhaus finding Shannon Frucci five minute in and Kelsy Ross scoring in the 57th, but Clarkston keeper Katelyn Bittle kept them off the board for the final 23 minutes to hold onto the victory.

Cheney 1-2 West Valley:  With Clarkston winning, the loss for the Blackhawks hurt twice as much as they can no longer finish second, ensuring a first round match-up next week with West Valley, which has the last two meetings in the past two weeks. Coming into the match with one goal, Abby McConnell scored twice on the day to pick up the surprise win. She netted the first in the 25th for the lead at halftime. Gabby Nguyen evened things up for Cheney int he 50th, but McConnell hit for the winner in the 65th.

NEA #####

Lakeside 6-0 Colville:  The Indians were kept off the board for the second consecutive game as the Eagles rolled to the win with a pair of early goals courtesy of Hannah Mitchell. She scored the first three minutes in and then set up Alyssa Figy in the 11th for the quick advantage. Figy then went on to push the lead to three in the 33rd and set up Lexi Torok in the 52nd. Mitchell scored a second goal in the 62nd thanks to Lizzie Torok and Abbie Smith rounded things out in the 74th. Payton Williams registered the shutout.

Deer Park 5-0 Riverside:  The Stags controlled the opening stages and the host Rams had the better of play in the final 20 minutes of the first half. Missed opportunities for Riverside, thanks largely to the play of Rowenna Nelson in goal for the Stags, came back to haunt them as Deer Park finally found its offensive touch in the second half. Kari Attridge finally broke the seal in the 50th minute for the Stags, sending a shot from distance that slipped through the keeper's hands and into the goal. Freshman Hannah Hodgson, who tallied the assist on the opener, scored four minutes later on a ball from Jessie Thomas, who converted a penalty at the hour mark to make it three. Cheyanne Nichols then set up two goals, finding Abbi Martinson in the 61st and Thomas in the 68th as Deer Park rolled to the win and essentially locked up the top seed with a three point lead and a game against last-place Newport in their finale Thursday. Riverside still has a shot at the final playoff berth as they sit three back of Freeman and would win the head-to-head tiebreaker with a second victory against the Scotties in their finale Thursday.

Freeman 4-1 Newport:  Lindsay Balkenbush opened things up in the 24th minute and Brynn Van Orden scored her eighth of the NEA campaign in the 38th to double the lead. Newport's Rebecca Malcom pulled the Grizzlies back within one in the 62nd minute but Claire Love restored the two goal margin just two minutes later and pushed it out of reach with another in the 72nd. The Scotties' finale against Riverside is essentially a playoff game with the winner moving on to the the postseason as the fourth and final seed. Freeman is three points in front of Riverside, but the Rams won the first meeting and would advance with a win in regulation and overtime (not a shootout).


COMING UP ##### 

Mid-Columbia Conference Remaining Schedule
Thursday - Kennewick @ Chiawana 7:00
Thursday - Pasco @ Walla Walla 7:00
Thursday - Hanford @ Richland 7:00
Saturday - Southridge @ Kamiakin 12:00

Columbia Basin Big Nine **This Week Only** 
Thursday - Eisenhower @ West Valley 7:00
Thursday - Moses Lake @ Wenatchee 7:00
Thursday - Sunnyside @ Eastmont 7:00

Great Northern League Remaining Schedule
Thursday - Clarkston @ Pullman 4:00
Thursday - West Valley @ East Valley 6:00
Saturday - East Valley @ Cheney 12:00
Saturday - Pullman @ West Valley 12:00

Northeast A League Remaining Schedule 
Thursday - Newport @ Deer Park 4:00
Thursday - Lakeside @ Medical Lake 6:00
Thursday - Riverside @ Freeman (CV Stadium) 6:00

Greater Spokane League Remaining Schedule 
Wednesday - Gonzaga Prep @ Mead 4:00
Wednesday - North Central @ Rogers 4:00
Wednesday - Lewis & Clark @ Shadle Park 4:00
Wednesday - Mt Spokane @ Central Valley 6:30
Wednesday - Ferris @ University 6:30
Friday - Lewis & Clark @ Mt Spokane 4:00
Friday - Ferris @ Mead 4:00
Friday - Central Valley @ North Central 4:00
Friday - Rogers @ Gonzaga Prep 4:00
Friday - University @ Shadle Park 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:  9.13 Davis @ Eisenhower... 9.15 Eisenhower @ Wenatchee... 9.20 Eisenhower @ Sunnyside... 9.22 Sunnyside @ Wenatchee... 9.27 West Valley @ Eisenhower (Ike goal)... 9.27 Eastmont @ Sunnyside (GK info)... 9.29 Sunnyside @ Davis... 9.29 Eisenhower @ Moses Lake (Ike info)... 10.4 Eastmont @ Eisenhower (GK info)...  10.11 Wenatchee @ Eisenhower... 10.13 Sunnyside @ Eisenhower... 10.18 Moses Lake @ Davis (Davis goal)... 10.18 Wenatchee @ Sunnyside...