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Rivalry matches add spice as GSL boys soccer resumes

Spring break just ended, which means there’s not a moment to lose for Greater Spokane League boys soccer teams.

At least four of them need to be in mid-season form on Wednesday: Mead is at Mt. Spokane, while Lewis and Clark visits Ferris in rivalry matches that could go a long way in shaping the league race.

“We’re just looking to put ourselves in the best position for the postseason,” said Mt. Spokane coach Ryan Campanella ahead of a match that pits two teams who are 2-1 in league.

The Wildcats (3-4 overall) are favored to beat their 3A rivals and return to regionals, but savor the chance to face the GSL’s 4A squads. They picked up a 2-1 shootout win over Ferris in the opener on March 23, but are coming off a 7-1 thumping at CV. In between, they handled Rogers 2-0.

With Central Valley and LC pegged at the top of the GSL, Campanella figures that “for everyone else, it’s every given day.”

The Wildcats are getting a lift from a veteran squad that includes eight returning starters, including first-team All-GSL midfielder Tyler Smith.

“He’s been such a great kid to coach for the last four years. He’s the guy that gets everyone going for the game and always leading by example on the field,” said Campanella, who also cites seniors Alex Foust and Peter Wilkes as keys to success the rest of the way.

Mead managed to stay busy over the break, beating Newport 8-0 on April 1 and playing a Panthers alumni team last week. The Panthers missed 4A district last year, but hope to get some momentum with a win over Mt. Spokane.

Mead lost to Ferris in a shootout on March 25 and needed overtime to beat Rogers 2-1 before the break.

Meanwhile, Ferris (2-1 in the GSL, 4-2 overall) is coming off a 1-0 win over Gonzaga Prep but faces a match on Wednesday that for the Saxons doubles as a GSL title elimination game.

LC (3-0 GSL, 8-0 overall) has outscored GSL rivals Shadle Park, North Central and University by a combined 22-1. The Tigers are tied with CV atop the standings.

Great Northern League: Second-place West Valley hopes to build on a recent win over first-place Pullman. The Eagles (4-2 GNL, 6-4 overall) play host to Cheney on Thursday.

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