Lake City High School goalkeeper David Hill was not pleased, to say the least.
His team wasn’t marking well and he had just let a ball bounce off his hands and get followed for a goal that pulled Coeur d’Alene within range of a tie with a minute left.
It would have been easy to quit concentrating on the final minute, but luckily for the Timberwolves, Hill stayed focused. With 30 seconds left, Darren Baune of the Vikings shook loose for a shot that Hill stopped with a dive to his left that preserved LC’s 2-1 victory.
The triumph gave the T-Wolves sole possession of first place in the North Idaho Soccer League.
“I was frustrated, but I knew there was a little time left and I had to make that last save to end the game,” Hill said.
In the first meeting of the intra-city rivals this year, the T-Wolves were just too physical for the Vikings. LC won almost every ball in the air and contained the Vikings offense with close marking. Lake City didn’t have many scoring opportunities either in another of the many low-scoring affairs that always seem to occur when the teams meet.
The Vikings defense was led by the play of sweeper Joel Grabenstein.
“We didn’t make a lot of mistakes, but when we did they made us pay,” CdA coach John Smith said.
The T-Wolves scored the first goal on a direct kick by Noah Beck, 39 minutes into the first half. Beck lofted the kick high over a wall of three Vikings from about 30 feet out and it just went in the top of the goal.
“I looked and noticed that the goalkeeper was getting guys organized, so I took it quickly and put it in,” Beck said.
Lake City (6-0-1 overall, 5-0-1 league) struck again at the 50-minute point when Scott Blodgett got an open look and scored quickly to put the T-Wolves up 2-0.
Until the furious finish, LC controlled most of the game. Trevor Robinson and Steve Johnson shut down the Vikings powerful midfield with close marking and physical play.
“Our plan was to come out hard because we know that a team like Coeur d’Alene will play hard too,” LC coach Jim Facciano said. “I told the guys before the game that they would have to play their best to win and I think they did.”
The Vikings (5-3-1, 5-1-1) had a couple of chances late in the game, including a penalty kick from inside 10 feet, where the entire T-Wolves team charged to block the kick of Ben Davis.
Davis, though, ended up earning an assist on the Vikings goal when his shot bounced off Hill’s hands before Jared Richards followed it at 89:00.
Lake City 2, Coeur d’Alene 1
First half-1, LC, Beck 39:00.
Second half - 2, LC, Blodgett 50:00. 4, CdA, Richards (Davis) 89:00.
Shots on goal-LC 19, CdA 8.
Saves-LC, Hill 5. CdA, Schwerin 10.l
Lakeland 6, Bonners Ferry 4
Ryan Banks doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and scored on Taylor Skidmore’s triple as the visiting Hawks beat the Badgers in the Intermountain League.
Lakeland’s Brady White added a two-run double in the first. BF’s Jacob Wages had two runs batted in.
Lakeland 200 200 02 - 6 13 1 Bon.Ferry 100 012 00 - 4 12 1 Skidmore, Reese (7) and Perkins; Rose and Johnson. W-Reese (5-0). L-Rose (2-2).
HITS: Lakeland-Holt, Dershem 3, Banks 3, Reese, White 2, Phelps, Skidmore 2. Bonners Ferry-Banhart 2, Bateman 2, Scarlett, Johnson, Wages 3, Baker, Winey, Gause. 2B-Banhart, White 2. 3B-Banks, Skidmore.
St. Maries 10, Priest River 0
D.J. Eberlin pitched a two-hitter and struck out six, and added three RBIs as the Lumberjacks beat the visiting Spartans while receiving a hit from every starter.
SM freshman Greg Sindt had an inside-the-park homer.
Pr.River 000 00 - 0 2 1
St. Maries 511 03 - 10 14 1
Johnson, Hester (4) and J.Nelson; Eberlin and Sindt. W-Eberlin (2-1). L-Johnson.
HITSPriest River-Wood, Mason. St. Maries-Willard 3, Duffey 2, Konkright 2, Peters 2, Eberlin, Lounsbury, Watkins, Bierman, Sidnt. 2B-Duffey. 3B-Willard, Peters, Watkins. HR- Sindt (1).
CdA 5-13, Sandpoint 4-3
Kelly Babcock singled home the winning run in the seventh inning to lift the Vikings over the visiting Bulldogs in the first game of an Inland Empire League doubleheader.
In the second game, Sarah Ballinger allowed just three balls out of the infield and Patty Stranger doubled with two outs in the fifth to clear the bases.
Sandpoint led the opener 4-3 after Tammy Owens’ two-run single in the fourth and a CdA throwing error scored one in the sixth. Blake Hoorelbeke’s RBI single in the seventh tied the game.
Sandpoint 000 301 0 - 4 5 2
Coeur d’Alene 100 110 2 - 5 11 1
Two outs when winning run scored.
Smith and Jensen; Hoorelbeke and K.Babcock. W-Hoorelbeke (5-2). L-Smith (4-2).
HITS: Sandpoint-Smith, Hartman, Free, Jensen, Owens. Coeur d’Alene-Orr 3, Dodds 2, Hoorelbeke 2, K.Babcock 2, Tatum, Lenz. 2B-Orr, Dodds.
Sandpoint 101 01 - 3 7 4
Coeur d’Alene 300 37 - 13 10 2
Donaldson and Jensen; Ballinger and K.Babcock. W-Ballinger (3-1). L-Donaldson (0-2).
HITS: Sandpoint-McKittrick 2, Allard, Free, Jensen, Donaldson, Dallessio. Coeur d’Alene—Hoorelbeke 3, K.Babcock 2, Tatum 2, P.Stranger, Weber, Orr. 2B-P.Stranger, Tatum.
Lakeland 13, Bonners Ferry 0
Monica Hall pitched a no-hitter with nine strikeouts, and drove in seven runs while hitting for the cycle as the visiting Hawks beat the Badgers.
Lakeland’s Annie Carhart was 3 for 4 with three RBIs.
Lakeland 015 52 - 13 16 1
Bon.Ferry 000 00 - 0 0 2
M.Hall and Tweedy, Ang.Carhart (5); Blanford and Schave. W-M.Hall (3-1). L-Blanford.
HITS: Lakeland-Tweedy 2, Reisenauer 2, An.Carhart 3, T.Hall 3, M.Hall 4, Smith, Nicklas. 2B-T.Hall, M.Hall. 3B-M.Hall. HR-M.Hall (1).
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