Colville out in GNL soccer
Nevin Thompson goes up for save. In on play is Colvilleâ€™s Pavel Susin.
Indians lose at
home to WV
Colville had beaten Great Northern League rival West Valley twice during the regular season, but the fifth-seeded Eagles eliminated fourth-seeded Colville 3-0 last Thursday afternoon on the Colville pitch in the opening round of the District 7 2A playoffs.
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The Eagles lost at league champion and unbeaten Cheney 3-0 in the District semifinal on Saturday.
Ian Schimandel scored two second half goals for Cheney.
WV was eliminated.
In last Thursdayâ€™s other loser-out game, No. 3 Pullman, who ended their regular season with a 4-0 win over Colville, downed Clarkston 6-1.
Pullman lost 2-0 on Saturday to No. 2 East Valley at Gonzaga Prep.
Saturdayâ€™s winners earned regional berths.
Cheney will host East Valley on Tuesday in the district championship. The match will determine seeding to regionals.
Colville simply couldnâ€™t mount much of an attack in a physical match-up that included a red card ejection, more than its share of yellow cards, and even a shoving and pushing match late in the second half in front of the WV goal.
CHS head coach Dave Rarrick was proud of his kids and the season they put together. He also credited West Valley with putting together a very solid defensive scheme in their win over the Indians.
â€śSometimes the ball just doesnâ€™t bounce your way,â€ť Rarrick said. â€śWe didnâ€™t lose for lack of effort. I thought we out-possessed them, but we just werenâ€™t aggressive enough.
â€śWe played hard and together, but it just wasnâ€™t good enough.â€ť
The Indians put together one of their best-ever GNL campaigns this spring. CHS loses some key seniors, including All-GNL first team forward Filipp Susin and first team defender, Pavel Susin.
Second team goalie Nevin Thompson will also graduate.
Junior second team defender Josh Martin will return.
â€śOur seniors will be hard to replace,â€ť Rarrick admitted. â€śBut we have some good kids coming upâ€¦a very solid group of eighth-graders and some good junior varsity players.â€ť
Ketih Goodwinâ€™s CHS junior varsity experienced some success this spring. Several of those players will move up to the varsity.
Rarrick said he appreciated his 2013 teamâ€™s continuity and the fact that â€śthey have played together for a long time and really have been committed to a possession-type of game.â€ť
Rarrick gave some props to his mostly undersized defense and the work they did this spring.
â€śThat was a pretty undersized group of defenders. They had some great games back thereâ€¦it was a tough group.â€ť
West Valley scored twice in the first half, once at the 29-minute mark and at the 37-minute mark. The Eagles scored an insurance goal at the 79-minute mark.
Colville was credited with nine shots on goal. West Valley had 12. The Indiansâ€™ keeper, Thompson, finished his CHS career with nine saves against WV.