Colville out in GNL soccer
Indians lose athome to WVColville 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.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 Thursday’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. Saturday’s winners earned regional berths.Cheney will host East Valley on Tuesday in the district championship. The match will determine seeding to regionals. COLVILLE RECAPColville simply couldn’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.“Sometimes the ball just doesn’t bounce your way,” Rarrick said. “We didn’t lose for lack of effort. I thought we out-possessed them, but we just weren’t aggressive enough.“We played hard and together, but it just wasn’t good enough.”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.“Our seniors will be hard to replace,” Rarrick admitted. “But we have some good kids coming up…a very solid group of eighth-graders and some good junior varsity players.”Ketih Goodwin’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 team’s continuity and the fact that “they have played together for a long time and really have been committed to a possession-type of game.”Rarrick gave some props to his mostly undersized defense and the work they did this spring.“That was a pretty undersized group of defenders. They had some great games back there…it was a tough group.”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 Indians’ keeper, Thompson, finished his CHS career with nine saves against WV.