Prep Wins Tiebreaker, Reaches District Soccer
Freshman Laura Oliva scored in the final seconds of double overtime, then Gonzaga Prep won a shootout 3-2 to defeat Central Valley 2-1 in a Greater Spokane League girls soccer tiebreaker Tuesday at Mead High.
G-Prep (11-6) advances to the District 8-4A Tournament as the fifth seed, while CV (7-8) is eliminated. CV had defeated Prep 3-2 during the league season.
The Bullpups play a loser-out match at 3 p.m. Thursday vs. second-seeded University (11-3). U-Hi won the regular-season matchup 2-1.
Oliva, just off the bench, received a through ball and shot into the high left corner from 18 yards out.
The teams lined up for the shootout with darkness falling. Michele Caputo, Haley Cooper and Allyson Roberts scored for Prep; Shanna Smith and Andee Shook for CV.
CV goalie Natasha Opsal made several saves when Prep attacked after a scoreless first half. CV, minus five injured starters, scored 3:15 into the first OT when Raeanna Jewell broke away and passed to Courtney Phinney inside the 18-yard box.
Thursday’s other 3 p.m. loser-out match has No. 4 Lewis and Clark (8-6) at No. 3 Ferris 11-5). League champion Mead (16-0) awaits the district survivor for a Nov. 5 seeding match into the State 4A playoffs.
Malea Schumacher and Amy Lambert teamed up to lift East Valley (11-2-1, 5-0-1) to the Frontier League title with a 2-0 win at Cheney (8-3-2, 4-1-1).
Lambert fed Schumacher late in the first half for her league-best 11th goal. Lambert headed in Schumacher’s corner kick at 75:00.
Elsewhere, Gabby McClintock scored three times within 28 minutes to lead West Valley (8-7, 2-4) to a 7-0 win at Clarkston (2-8, 0-6). Clarkston, limited to 11 players, lost one to injury during play.
Cheney hosts No. 3 West Valley at 3 p.m. Thursday in a District 7-3A loser-out match. The winner plays EV at 1 p.m. Saturday. EV qualifies for the State 3A playoffs unless it loses Saturday and again Wednesday.
The Great Northern League ended with matchups that will be repeated during Saturday’s District 7-2A openers at Riverside.
Larissa Mueller finished with a league-best 25 goals as she and Jamy Baker scored in Riverside’s 2-0 win at Colville.
Kelly Pritchard scored twice, completing her GNL season with 15 goals, as runner-up Pullman defeated visiting Medical Lake 3-0.
Pullman (9-2-1) and No. 3 ML (6-3-3) meet at noon Saturday in a loser-out match at Riverside. The host Rams follow against No. 4 Colville (4-5-3).
The winners play Nov. 8 at the highest seed for a State 2A berth.
In another league-ending match, Lisa Pansie’s ninth GNL goal and Abby Langbehn’s score on a penalty kick guided Deer Park (3-6-3) to a 5-0 win at Chewelah (0-12).
Jenny Kann had 17 assists and 13 digs as EV took its second straight Frontier title with a 15-8, 15-9, 15-7 win at WV (2-3).
The Knights (5-0) earned the right to host Saturday’s District 7-3A Tournament. EV has an automatic berth to region, but must play for seeding at 4 p.m. against Saturday’s survivor.
EV broke from a 5-all tie in the first game, then steamed ahead 11-4 and 10-3 in the final two. The Eagles fought through six rotations in the second game, but stalled at 11-8.
EV owns five league titles, three since 1975.
Elsewhere, Cheney (3-2) jumped into second place with a 15-10, 15-2, 15-11 win at Clarkston (0-5). The Blackhawks end their league season against WV, and will earn a first-round district bye with a win.
Cheney broke from a 4-all tie in the first game and a 6-all tie in the third.
Colville (13-0) clinched the GNL title outright with a 15-4, 15-9, 15-2 win that eliminated visiting Medical Lake (3-10) from playoff contention.
The Indians lost three players to ankle injuries in the first game, the most serious to starter Raejean Hedrick, who will be examined today. Kristin Cornwell served seven consecutive points in the third game, including three aces.
Elsewhere, Alicia Almond served 11 for 11 to help host Newport (11-2) beat 0-13 Riverside 15-3, 15-6, 14-16, 15-3.
Colville and Newport, who have clinched District 7-2A tournament opening-round byes, complete the league season Saturday at Newport.
The rest of the district field is set, but three teams will jockey for positions during league-ending matches Thursday and Saturday.
Pullman (8-5) clinched third place as Kelly Mader served five late points, including two aces, to fuel a 15-9, 8-15, 12-15, 15-8, 15-8 comeback win over visiting Lakeside (6-7)
Chewelah (6-7) broke a tie for fifth place and reversed a Sept. 30 loss with a 15-8, 15-10, 15-6 win over visiting Deer Park (5-8).
Chrissy Oneal served seven straight for a 10-3 Cougars lead in the first game. Shannon Edwards had eight assists in the second game and Tara Gray six kills in the final game for Chewelah, which meets Lakeside on Thursday to decide fourth place.