There’s no other way to put it: This is a big week for University High School boys soccer.
Tonight, the Titans (4-1 Greater Spokane League, 6-1 overall) are under the lights for a 6:30 match with rival Central Valley (3-2).
On Friday, the Titans visit GSL leader Mead (5-0) in a match that could scramble the league race (if U-Hi wins) or pretty much end it (if the Panthers prevail and take a two-game lead on the field with three games left).
On top of that, U-Hi is coping with what happened at Albi Stadium last Friday, when Trevor Martin suffered a concussion in the first five minutes after colliding with a Shadle Park player – and a concrete wall.
“Trevor is OK,” Titans coach Nick Funkhouser said. “But we’re taking it easy with him.”
While Martin was being attended, the players handled it “very professionally,” Funkhouser said.
After the 3-0 win over the Highlanders, “they gave a cheer for Trevor, then they visited him in the hospital.”
Composure is the product of every player knowing their job and the job of everyone else around them,” Funkhouser said.
It’s Funkhouser’s job to set the tone, which for tonight’s game will be very high-energy. But against Mead, “we’ll try to keep them calm,” he said.
“We talk very little about our placement in the league,” Funkhouser said, instead focusing on how games were decided among other teams.
Mead coach Kevin Houston feels the same way.
“We don’t talk about (the standings) much,” Houston said. “Our players have a good perspective on what games we have left.”
Funkhouser said Houston “is a major reason I got this job” because Houston gave a letter of recommendation when he departed U-Hi for Mead after the 2010 season. For his part, Funkhouser coached Houston’s younger son with the Shadow.
“I’ve known Nick for a long time,” Houston said. “We have the same type of philosophy and I knew he would be a great fit for U-Hi and leave the program in good hands.”
GSL corner kicks
Mt. Spokane (3-2 in league), Gonzaga Prep (2-3) and defending champ Ferris (2-3) got back in the playoff race after big wins last week. Six players scored in Mt. Spokane’s 7-1 over Rogers, while Ferris got goals from Connor Ourada and Lasse Joost to knock off CV 2-1. Chris Stokesbary scored for CV (3-2). G-Prep blanked North Central 3-0.
GNL corner kicks
Things are falling into place for first-place Cheney (8-0 GNL, 11-0 overall): The Blackhawks had a two-game lead on the field after second-place East Valley fell 2-1 to Pullman, which along with West Valley (4-3) stayed in the playoff race. … EV’s Adam Talley leads all GNL scorers with 16, followed by C.J. Skillingstad with 10 and three players with seven: Malte Lange of Pullman, Forester Seipp of Cheney and Seth Nelson of Deer Park.
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