On Friday, things were fairly quiet in the Greater Spokane League with the top teams playing sides that, on paper, they should easily handle. Mead, Central Valley, Gonzaga Prep and University posted big wins but the script did not play out that way for Lewis & Clark, which has not only had an up and down season with their results, but within many of their games. This time, they saw 3A side Mt Spokane rally for a win that they greatly wanted to earn the top seed for their classification heading into the postseason.
In other weekend action, the Great Northern League's final two games were meaningless in regard to postseason seeding, and there were no surprises as West Valley and East Valley both won.
Here's a look around the action from Friday & Saturday... plus Power Rankings & Updated Brackets...
Lewis & Clark 1-2 Mt Spokane: In the only match that was not a one-sided affair, the Tigers grabbed the early lead just three minutes into the contest courtesy of Grace Ellis. The Wildcats, though, were looking to surpass North Central for the top 3A spot and needed a win knowing the Indians were likely to fall to 4A power Central Valley. Payton Stiles tied things up for the hosts quickly in the 11th minute and the two went even into halftime. Midway through the second half Emily Busch scored what held as the game-winner, stunning the Tigers and giving the Wildcats the top 3A seed out of the GSL, an additional bye and home field in the Regional Semifinals.
Ferris 0-5 Mead: The Panthers followed up Wednesday's big win over Gonzaga Prep with a victory to ensure they were the GSL champions based on their head-to-head tiebreaker over Central Valley. Natalie Martell scored the opener 14 minutes in and Claire Neder pushed the lead to two five minutes later. Katie Greene found Cheris Brown for her fourth goal in two games two minutes into the second half and then tallied herself in the 46th. Kaitlynn Anderson capped the game with the final goal in the 75th and Bailey Thompson recorded the shutout.
Central Valley 4-0 North Central: The Bears took care of business in their final game. Four different players scored in the contest with Stella Olander netted her first of the GSL season in the 13th minute for the only strike in the first half. Natalie Cabiad doubled the lead in the 57th and Kaelyn Barnes made it three in the 66th. Michael Pitts capped things in the 79th with AJ Crooks and Jenna Lauer sharing the clean sheet.
Rogers 1-10 Gonzaga Prep: Angel Denke scored in the third and seventh minutes for an early lead. Makena Dodson made it three two minutes later. Kennedy Siebold, Ella McKiernan, Eva Kennar and Ryan Decker scored before the break. Goalkeeper Zoe Boleneus took the field in the second half and scored twice, tallying in the 45th and 68th with Aeva Schrambach getting on the board in the 46th. Samantha Vensel scored hers and Rogers' second goal of the season in the 53rd minute to spoil the shutout.
University 4-0 Shadle Park: The contest was a surprisingly even affair through the first half of play, but it all changed after a 54th minute penalty was converted by Julia Adair. Within the next six minutes it was a three goal difference with Kelsey Crosby tallying in the 57th and again at the hour mark. Her sister Gracen capped the contest with a goal three minutes from time. Madi Szafransky and Raelee Rowland shared the clean sheet.
Southridge 2-1 SO Kamiakin: Needing a win to ensure a share of the title, the Suns took the lead 12 minutes in when Kayleen Sambrano scored her seventh goal of the league campaign. Kamiakin kept it close and two minutes after the intermission Aaliyah Valladares found Kahlea Sullivan for the equalizer. Neither side could find a winner thanks to a number of saves from Suns keeper Tiara Valadez in the match and the shootout.
Pullman 0-4 West Valley: Chelsea Koker scored once in each half with Madeline Liberg and Baylee Trejo, who also tallied an assist, scoring the other two. Kellie Fitzpatrick posted the shutout.
East Valley 2-0 Cheney: Sydney Moore scored four minutes into the second half and Charity Yount tallied with two minutes left to cap campaign with a win. Kari Bromley had the shutout.
STANDINGS & STATS ##### (click to enlarge)
COMING UP #####
Monday, October 24
GSL/MCC 4A Playoffs - University @ Lewis & Clark (Joe Albi) 4:00
GSL/MCC 4A Playoffs - Walla Walla @ Pasco (Brown) 6:00
GSL/MCC 3A Playoffs - Rogers @ Kennewick (Lampson) 4:00
Tuesday, October 25
NEA 1A Playoffs - Medical Lake @ Lakeside 3:30
NEA 1A Playoffs - Freeman @ Deer Park 3:30
CWAC 2A Playoffs - Grandview @ Ephrata 5:00
CWAC 2A Playoffs - Prosser @ Othello 5:00
CBBN Season - Davis @ Sunnyside 7:00
CBBN Season - Moses Lake @ Eisenhower 7:00
CBBN Season - Eastmont @ Wenatchee 7:00
PLAYOFF BRACKETS ##### (click to enlarge)
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... 10.20 Eisenhower @ West Valley (GK Info)... 10.20 Moses Lake @ Wenatchee... 10.20 Riverside @ Freeman
509 GSOC POWER RANKINGS #####
In a new feature here on INWsoccernews, we will be sharing Eastern Washington HS Power Rankings for the 4A and 3A classifications based on non-league results from matches played by teams in the GSL, MCC and CBBN in league and preseason non-league matches. They will be issued every Monday/Tuesday.
Fifth Edition - 10.24.16
4A Power Rankings (previous week)
1 West Valley (1) - Downed Eastmont 5-1 and blanked Eisenhower 8-0.
2 Hanford (2) - Topped red hot Chiawana 2-1 and won 2-0 on the road at Richland to earn a share of the MCC title.
3 Mead (4) - Downed Gonzaga Prep 3-2 in a battle for first and blanked Ferris 5-0.
4 Chiawana (3) - Lost 2-1 at Hanford and drubbed Kennewick 8-0.
5 Central Valley (5) - Edged Mt Spokane 3-2 in overtime and blanked North Central 4-0.
6 Gonzaga Prep (6) - Fell 3-2 at Mead in battle for first and drubbed Rogers 10-1.
7 Wenatchee (7) - Won 6-0 at Sunnyside and topped Moses Lake 6-2.
8 Lewis & Clark (8) - Won 4-2 at Shadle Park and lost 2-1 at Mt Spokane.
9 Moses Lake (11) - Won 2-1 at Davis and lost 6-2 at Wenatchee.
10 Davis (9) - Lost 2-1 at home to Moses Lake.
11 Richland (12) - Won 5-2 at Pasco and lost 2-0 at home to Hanford.
12 Eastmont (10) - Lost 5-1 at West Valley and won 2-0 against Sunnyside.
13 University (14) - Edged Ferris 2-1 and won 4-0 at Shadle Park.
14 Pasco (13) - Lost 5-2 to Richland and won 3-1 at Walla Walla.
15 Ferris (15) - Fell 2-1 at University and lost 5-0 at Mead.
16 Sunnyside (16) - Lost 6-0 at Wenatchee and fell 2-0 at Eastmont.
17 Walla Walla (17) - Lost 5-0 at Kamiakin and fell 3-1 at home to Pasco.
18 Eisenhower (18) - Lost 8-0 at West Valley.
3A Power Rankings
1 Southridge (1) - Drubbed Kennewick 8-0 and edged Kamiakin 2-1 via a shootout to earn share of MCC title.
2 Kamiakin (2) - Blanked Walla Walla 5-0 and lost 2-1 in a shootout to MCC co-champion Southridge.
3 Mt Spokane (4) - Lost 3-2 in overtime at Central Valley and upset Lewis & Clark 2-1 to earn top 3A seed.
4 North Central (3) - Drubbed Rogers 9-0 and lost 4-0 to Central Valley.
5 Kennewick (5) - Lost 8-0 to both Southridge and Chiawana.
6 Shadle Park (6) - Lost 4-2 at Lewis & Clark and lost 4-0 to University.
7 Rogers (7) - Lost 9-0 to North Central and 10-1 to Gonzaga Prep.