CHS soccer team in the GNL mix so far

Indians may be the league surpriseColville High (6-4) has been more than competitive to date in the rigorous Great Northern League 2A soccer race. Yes, hindsight is always a 20/20 proposition, but just think where the Indians would be if they were situated where student enrollment numbers indicate that they should be—in the Northeast A League.Like we said, hindsight and better accounting practices are always 20/20. Maybe the math will be more accurate on the next WIAA student count.But we digress.Dave Rarrick’s CHS soccer team is likely turning a few heads in the GNL this spring with their solid play. No longer are the Indians an easy win for some of the league’s elite.THIS WEEKOn Tuesday, April 9, Colville travels to Cheney (8-2) to face the Blackhawks. Game time is 4 p.m.CHS will host Deer Park (1-8) on Thursday (4 p.m. start). On Tuesday, April 16, the Indians will visit West Valley (5-5) in a 4 p.m. match-up.AT A GLANCEBack on March 26, Colville lost a tough 2-1 verdict at East Valley (6-2). Colville’s goal came from Filipp Susin (on an assist from Carl Johnston).Rarrick was pleased with his team’s play against EV.“We were able to get the early lead,” Rarrick said. “However, we gave up free kicks that cost us goals late in the game. That was the first time we have given up a lead in the second half of a game this season.”Colville likely pulled off its biggest win to date this season with a rare (and maybe first time) win over Pullman back on March 28. Trio of goalsFilipp Susin turned in a Hat Trick for Colville with three goals. Chris Benson added the other goal for CHS.Assists were recorded by Johnston, Pavel Susin, Kris Griessmann and Benson.“That was a great win for the guys,” Rarrick said. “They battled from the first whistle to the very last.”Rarrick said the Indians passed the ball as well as they have all season to date.“We were passing the ball with great rhythm and control,” he said. Colville got off to an early lead they would never relinquish when Filipp Susin was on the receiving end of a great pass from Griessmann in the game’s first minute.Colville picked up a 3-2 Shootout win over Clarkston on March 30. Colville goals came from Filipp Susin and Josh Martin. Leo Susin picked up an assist for CHS.Colville keeper Nevin Thompson came up big in the Shootout for CHS, saving three shots, including the game-winner fifth kick from Clarkston.Colville was on the losing end of a Shootout to Medical Lake of the Northeast A League back on April 3.Benson had a goal and an assist in the loss. Filipp Susin added to his team-leading goal total. Josh Hill had an assist for CHS.Colville lost another tough 1-0 decision when Lakeside of the NEA pulled out a 1-0 win over the Indians.“We finished a tough week at less than full strength,” Rarrick said. “We were missing two to three starters in each game. That definitely affected our ability to possess the ball.“Fortunately, those were non-league games, but they were both very winnable for us. I look to see us bounce back now that we have everyone back.”