Saturday, October 20, 2018
Five teams went into Friday's contests looking to grab the final two berths in the Big Sky and four were in contention for the regular season title. The day's results finished with Eastern Washington handing Northern Arizona its first loss, keeping the Eagles in postseason contention and eliminating the Lumberjacks from the title race - a big favor for rival Idaho. Montana also kept its postseason hopes alive with a win at Portland State, the other member of the now three teams left with a shot at those two coveted spots.
On a night when both Mead and University won to make their bids for higher seeds among the 4A sides a possibility, a potential handball on the goal line allowed Gonzaga Prep to get a decisive goal in a defensive contest with Mt Spokane that very well could have gone to penalties.
With the league title already clinched, Central Valley remained unbeaten but certainly not perfect as they dropped a point with a shootout win against North Central in which the two sides were deadlocked until the second half.
Friday, October 19, 2018
With a perfect record in the Greater Spokane League and a pair of teams right on their heels, the Bears snuck through a tough stretch last week against a pair of opponents that needed victories and avoided potential upsets in a week that saw an example of just that with Mead falling to North Central. Midfielder Kailyn LaBrosse provided key goals in the 44th minute of both contests to remain unbeaten.
The race for the second seed will go another gameday in the Great Northern League as the Cheney Blackhawks spoiled Senior Day for West Valley with a big 4-0 win in a scoreline that was reflective of how even the game was. Each side had numerous chances, but Cheney's fortune to finish enabled them to leap the Eagles into the second spot in the table at the conclusion of their final game of the regular season. West Valley, however, still has another opportunity to finish second Tuesday when they visit rival East Valley, which has the top seed sewn up.
Freeman's woes made them the first of the trio at the top to fall to anyone in the rest of the league as they were tripped up at home against Colville, though none of games on the night
Thursday, October 18, 2018
In a showdown for the top spot in the Greater Spokane League, Gonzaga Prep and Central Valley went to the second half before things picked up. The Bears scored twice early in the periods and survived some late drama to clinch the regular season GSL title as they head into the final game Friday against North Central with a perfect record.
The results Wednesday afternoon turned made significant changes in the playoff picture, particularly on the women's side. Columbia Basin's sweep of North Idaho put the men's side into second thanks to a scoreless draw between Walla Walla and Spokane, and the women's side leaped over idle Yakima Valley to jump squarely into the postseason scenarios going into the final two gamedays.
The Spokane women, meanwhile, downed second-place Walla Walla with a 2-0 road win and used CBC's result against division leader NIC to leap back into first after falling from the top spot last week.