Colville splits a pair of boy’s soccer match-ups

A busy week on tapColville High (1-1) split a pair of high school soccer matches last week to get the 2013 boy’s soccer season underway.Back on March 12, Colville downed new Northeast A League member Medical Lake 4-2. On Thursday, another very good Cheney High team dispatched the Indians 6-0 on the Colville pitch. That match was the Great Northern League opener for both schools.THIS WEEKColville will travel to Deer Park on Tuesday to face the Stags in a GNL match-up (4 p.m. start). CHS will be home on Thursday against West Valley (4 p.m.). On Saturday, Colville will host Riverside (noon).RECAPIn the win over Medical Lake, four CHS players got into the scoring act. The Indians got goals from Filipp Susin (on an assist from Nick Cherevan); Elijah Michaelson (assist from Kris Griessmann); Carl Johnston and Pavel Susin (assist from Johnston).“We played really well,” CHS head coach Dave Rarrick said of the win over ML. “We came out aggressive and that paid dividends.”Rarrick said that “a couple of chaotic goals” in front of the Colville net helped the Cardinals stay in this non-league match-up. IntimidatedIn the loss to Cheney, Rarrick thought his side might have been a little intimidated by the Blackhawks. It was Colville’s first match with a GNL foe in three seasons after spending the last two seasons in the Northeast A League.“We passed the ball well early, but we didn’t take many chances on offense,” Rarrick said of a big first half deficit (5-0) to Cheney.“Cheney came out with a much stronger and more aggressive offensive mindset.”Rarrick said he was pleased with the way his team competed in the second half against Cheney.“I think that was kind of a mental issue with us in the first half,” the longtime CHS coach figured. “We didn’t pull the trigger (shots on goal) in the first half. You’ve got to shoot to take pressure off your defense. We didn’t do that in the first half. We did in the second half (against Cheney). We were a lot more competitive and aggressive in the second half.”