With one goal out of its hands, the Lewis and Clark boys soccer team has done a good job of redirecting.
After an opening-week Greater Spokane League loss at Central Valley, the Tigers are hoping for a little help, but mostly are helping themselves.
On Friday, LC used a familiar formula – tough defense – to turn back surprising Gonzaga Prep 1-0 and stay in a second-place tie with Ferris.
“One of our goals was to win the GSL,” said LC coach Mica Lamb. “It was frustrating, but it’s a long season. We weren’t devastated, and we found a way to move on,” said Lamb, whose team finished third last year in the GSL.
In their last four matches, the Tigers are 4-0 while scoring 14 goals and conceding just three. After the CV loss, LC took one-sided wins over Pullman (5-0), Mt. Spokane (3-2) and North Central (6-1). On Friday, the Tigers got something more important: a key win in a match that was tight until the final whistle.
After Alex McNeill’s goal in the 11th minute, the Tigers (4-1 GSL, 9-2 overall) held G-Prep to three shots on goal while getting 16 themselves.
“That was important, to win a close match like that,” said Lamb, who was missing two starters in the Prep game. “If we didn’t beat them, it would have been tough to finish in the top two.”
Indeed, the Tigers still face tough matches against 4A rivals Mead and Ferris as teams jockey for position in district, which begins in two weeks.
Lamb said he’s been getting a great season out of McNeill, a senior and returning All-GSL midfielder who’s moved to the back line; and Charlie Rieger, who played outside back last year but now has made a big contribution in the middle.
Thanks to that veteran skill, the Tigers have eight shutouts in 11 matches.
Up front, Lamb is getting a lot of production from center Adam Thompson, who has five goals and four assists in GSL play.
Three-way race in GNL
Thanks to Cheney’s stunning 1-0 loss to West Valley last week, the Great Northern League race is coming down to the wire.
With four matches remaining, Cheney has dropped into a first-place tie with Pullman at 6-2. One game behind is East Valley, which gets a crack at both teams in its next two matches.
The Knights (5-3 GNL, 5-6 overall) are at Cheney today, then play host to Pullman on April 28.
East Valley already owns a shootout win over Cheney.
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