Favored to win Frontier League soccer, so far East Valley hasn’t disappointed.
The Knights swept through the first half of the season undefeated, outscoring its opponents 23 goals to 4 while compiling a 7-0 record.
Last week EV won 4-2 and 1-0 victories over Cheney and Riverside/Deer Park, it’s two closest challengers.
Both the Knights and Blackhawks had been undefeated going into their match, but Tony Pass’s three-goal hat-trick broke the deadlock.
Pass was starting in place of two starters, Ray Hansen and Jesse Connor who were gone on spring break.
“I’m going to leave him in there,” said coach Jim Spencer. “I think it will give us more punch up front.”
Spencer credits EV’s defense with its unbeaten start.
“The whole team has been thinking defensive support, keeping the ball in front of the midfield and therefore not opening us up to counterattack,” he said. “And Randy Pratt has been a wall back there. He’s hard to get through.”
Against Riverside/Deer Park goalkeeper Gabe Escobar earned his fourth shutout victory this year.
The Knights played fourth-place West Valley last night and don’t face the other challengers until the last two matches of the season.
“You never expect to go undefeated in what is a pretty competitive league,” Spencer warned. “It’s only happened a time or two.”
But the Knights so far are off to a good start.
Time of essence for soccer duo
Next week is “put up” time for Spokane Valley Greater Spokane League soccer teams.
If either University or Central Valley hope to challenge for league playoff berths, they’ll have to win twice. And for one of the teams, it isn’t going to happen.
They meet Wednesday, 7 p.m. at U-Hi, following Monday’s games at home. The Titans host Gonzaga Prep and the Bears host Shadle Park.
Those two teams are part of a five-team knot for second place in the GSL, two points ahead of both U-Hi and CV.
Five games remain in the season. The Titans two losses have been by one and two goals, including an overtime shootout with Mead.
Two of CV’s three losses have been by a goal.
Mooney paces Liberty Lake 18s
Liberty Lake Ladies 18-Hole Golf Club conducted medal play last week.
Sandy Mooney led with an 82 in A flight, Carol Alboucq shot 98 in B flight, Shirley Branson had 100 in C flight and Ethel Rankin shot 116 in D.
Net leaders were Jill Grover and Billie Etter with 76 in A, Alice Hamilton, Betty Harmon and Rauleen Grimes with 77 in B, Margaret Brashears with 76 in C and Carol Schultz with 80 in D.
Parsons leads at Painted Hills
During medal play for Painted Hills Ladies Club, Penne Parsons shot low gross 47 for nine holes.
She was competing in A flight, along with net winner Lori Gray who had 35.
In B flight Arleen Espe shot 53 and Lolly Neff netted 38.
In C flight Dorothy Dinius shot 55 and Pat Leiter had low net of the day.
D flight leaders were Tavi Wolff with 67 and Cindee Corrick with 41. Carol Blume shot 50 in the no-handicap division.
Alden medalist at Valley View
During medal play among Valley View Ladies Club golfers, Gladys Alden led the way.
Alden shot 46 in A flight, besting Edith Rains 51 in B.
C flight and no-handicap leaders Melba Farrar and Vi Mutch each shot 62.
Net winners were Carol Maycock in A with 33, Cathy Mileson in B with 29 and Monica Ryan in C with 41.
Beck eases to 9-Hole victory
Competition was stiff during last week’s Liberty Lake 9-Hole Ladies Golf Club gathering.
Arla Beck shot 53 in A flight to lead the way, not far ahead of B winner Nancy Lampe’s 56, C winner Jean Skredsvig’s 57 or the 58 of no-handicap golfer Marty Liebelt.
Net winners were Joan Leighton with 39 in A flight, Mary Ann Barham in B and Thelda Moen in C with 36s, and Deanna Houser with 37 in D.
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