key for Indians
Despite playing short-handed for much of the spring, and being without some key players in two key GNL match-ups last week, Colville High (7-4, 9-6) has turned in an impressive season to date in the 2A Great Northern League.
The Indians, who face a key Tuesday date at Pullman (6-4, 8-6) before the District 7 2A playoffs start next week, are currently a point out of third place in the GNL standings. Cheney has annexed the regular season GNL title with a perfect 10-0 record (11-2 overall). East Valley (8-3, 9-3) is in second place.
GNL tie-breakers are scheduled to be played next Tuesday.
A win at Pullman on Tuesday would secure third place in the GNL for Colville. Win or lose, the Indians will still open the District 7 2A playoffs a week from Thursday with a match on their home pitch.
Last Saturday on the Colville pitch, the Indians, missing some key players for the second straight match, beat Clarkston (2-9, 4-9) in a shootout, 2-1.
Colville nursed a 1-0 lead into the 77-minute mark of the second half. Clarkstonâ€™s late goal meant a shootout. The Indians got shootout goals from Leo Susin, Nick Cherevan.Josh Martin and Geoffrey Mitchell.
Clarkston got eight shots on goal. The Indians had 10. Colville keeper Nevin Thompson was credited with seven saves.
A deep hole in the shootout session
Colville had to dig itself out of a deep hole in the shootout against Clarkston. The Bantams took a 2-0 lead before the Indians dug one out.
â€śWe started out two down in the shootout,â€ť recalled CHS head coach Dave Rarrick. â€śItâ€™s tough to come back from that. â€śBut the kids came back. They have been battling all season long. Iâ€™m very proud of them. Itâ€™s a great group.
â€śAnd we had some kids step in and step up for us last week.â€ť
Thompson saved three out of the last four against Clarkston in the shootout and the Indians found a way.
Mitchell nailed the game-winner.
Colville, again playing short-handed back on April 18, lost a 6-0 decision to second place East Valley on the CHS pitch.
The Indians, minus a major part of their offense, including the schoolâ€™s second leading scorer all-time in Filipp Susin, simply couldnâ€™t muster much offense against the Knights. Colville was credited with only five shots on goal.
Thompson was busy in his end. The senior was credited with 12 saves.
In a 3-2 shootout win back on April 16 at West Valley, Colville outshot the host Eagles 15-3. Thompson had 13 saves.
West Valley took a 1-0 lead at the 30-minute mark before Colville senior Filipp Susin tied it up at the 33-minute mark. Joe Wier got the assist for CHS.
Susin close to school record for goals
For the record, Susin is four goals away from eclipsing the school record held by Dustin Jones.
In the second half, Colvilleâ€™s Leo Susin was on the mark with a penalty kick to give the Indians a 2-1 lead (50-minutes). WV tied it up at the 65-minute mark before the Indians got goals from Leo Susin, Brad Ferraro, Cherevan, and Filipp Susin in the shootout.