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Page 2 Section 2 Free Press Thursday, March 26, 2015 Ilman By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Road wins are huge in any league, and that's especially true with the Great Northern League's boys' soccer schedule where teams play each other three times - none of which come on neutral sites. So while last Satur- day's 2-1 Cheney win at 2014 league runner-up Pullman might not be big now, later on in the season it could loom large for both squads. Right now, for Blackhawks head coach Mark Kiver, it's a "nice way to start off the season." After a scoreless first 40 minutes it was the home Greyhounds who first found the back of the net, getting a goal in the 54th. minute. With the game being played like a rugby scrum at midfield and just over the line into Cheney's upper defensive third most of the contest, the Blackhawks found them- selves having to make the most of any offensive op- portunities. One of those came in the 65th minute when Blake Smith played a ball to forward William Basse- das who was isolated about 30 yards from the Pullman goal. The trans- fer student from Spain pushed past Greyhound defenders and knocked in a goal from about 18 yards out to tie the game. Eleven minutes later Photo by John McCalhm Cheney's Avery Dehner shields teammate Oliver Smith (6) from contact by the defensive efforts of an East Valley player in the Blackhawks' 2-1 win over the visiting Knights. the Blackhawks found themselves with another opportunity when Basse- das was fouled just out- side the 18-yard box. Cruz Galm launched a nice shot towards a group of Cheney and Pullman players in front of the goal, with Spencer Yea= ger emerging from the group unmarked to head- in what proved to be the winning goal. "It was a game where we had a couple oppor- tunities and we buried those opportunities," Kiver said. Pullman out shot Cheney 5 to 3, with Cheney goalkeeper Austin Wallace making four. saves. Kiver said the number of shots was not indicative of the game, which was played in a crosswind of about 25 miles per hour and a field so soaked by recent rains it eventually trans- formed into a mud pit where "fluke things" can happen. The win was Cheney's second in a row to open ' League 4A school Lewis league play. Last Thursday the Blackhawks downed East Valley 2-1, with all the scoring again taking place in the second half. In the 42nd minute, Oliver Smith played a ball inside the East Valley 6-yard box that forward Avery Dehner attempt- ed to get a head on, but was instead possessed by Noah Prophet, who in turn bounced in the goal to the left side of the net. The Knights answered quickly, with Tristan Gresch launching a high, floating shot from about 35 yards out that Austin got both hands onbut couldn't control, tying the game in the 44th minute. "He (Gresch) knows what he's doing from out- side" Kiver said. "We gave them the open shot." But the Blackhawks got it back 20 minutes later on a throw in possessed by Smith, who dribbled along the right side baseline and passed to a waiting Proph- et inside the 6-yard box. The sophomore put his second goal of the game behind the Knights diving goalkeeper for the even- tual game winner. Cheney Out shot East Valley 12-8 with Wallace making four saves, includ- ing a couple difficult stops in both halves. Cheney moves to 2- 1 overall with the wins, 2-0 in league play. The Blackhawks remain busy; hosting Greater Spokane Cheney girls golf takes third in first GNL match Junior cheyenne Marchand, who finished second in the league and 22nd in her first trip to state, returned to action, where she finished second with 54 points, behind Clarkson's Chloe Frazier, who had 65. Marchand and Frazier were the only two players who scored above 50 in the match. Head coach Gerald when they. reached high Morton said Marchand, school. who had some "nervous "My hope is they fall jitters" in the beginning, in love ~v/ith the game and showed mental tough- ness in her first match back on the links. "I said as a fresh- man she was going to be exciting to watch and now it's just getting real exciting to watch her game come together," Morton said. Gabbi Tibbets returns for another season. She scored 12 points in the match. Newcomers to this year's team include Kelsey Smith, who scored 17 points, Gillian Dorrance with 15, Han- nah Lemelin with 10 and Riley Klauss with five. Morton knew all four rookies .during their "middle school years and "begged them" to come out for the team take it to, the.next level," Morton said. "They have the potential to take this game as far as they want to take it." The Blackhawks will enjoy a nice break until April 13 when they travel to Pullman to compete in the Girls' Pullman Invite at the Pullman-Palouse Ridge golf course. "We'll be playing in several invitational tour- naments to get ourselves ready to see if we can pos- sibly step into the second spot in the league," Mor- ton said. "The weather has been amazing and we'll get in some produc- tive practices from now until the next league tour- narnent." AI Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Cheney High girls golf team hit the ground running after they finished, third out of five teams and' scoring 108 points; March 16 at the first Great North- ern League match of the season. The team not only en- ters a new league land- scape with two less teams but also a new scoring system. Before the season, the GNL voted to go with a modified Stableford scoring system, where the highest total of points wins instead of the lowest. Each golfer is awarded the following scores: six for an eagle, five for a birdie, four for par, three for a bogie, two for a double and one for a triple. For this match the GNL left out the sixth lowest in- dividual score from each team. and Clark Monday, and following that with league games against Clarkston and West Valley. Kiver has been happy with the development of his team since the opener with Ferris, although the busy schedule doesn't provide a lot of recovery time for the players. ]ohn McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. com. Athlete of the week Softball edical Lake IDharmacy Denny's Harvest Foods proudly sponsors Medical Lake * Cheney Athletes * CARDINAL * * , of the Week , Athlete of the Week from the Cheney Federal Credit Union -i= Softball 520 First Street, Cheney 509-235-6533 In Medical Lake call: 509-299-6533 Everyone who lives, works, worships or goes Cheyenne Marchand : School Districts is eligible to join Cheney Federal Credit Union. 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