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Page 4 Section 3 Free Press Thursday, April 28, 2011 Cardinals suffer disappointing soccer losses to Pullman, Cheney Cards, Blackhawks go to shootout once again By PAUL DELANEY S taff Reporter There was no disguising the disap- pointment in Medical Lake soccer coach Zane Higgins' voice. Considering the 0-2 week in which his Cardinals fell to Pullman 4-0 last Tuesday and 3-2 to Cheney on Thursday in yet another shootout, it's not surpris- ing. "It was a rough week for us," Hig- gins said as he watched a three-game winning streak, and any chance at a regular season championship, come to an end. The Cardinals (7-5 Great Northern League, 10-6 overall) got things moving in the right direction this past Tuesday as their regular season came to an end with a 2-0 victory at rainy West Valley (4- 7, 5-9) this past Monday. Devon Prince scored both goals for Medical Lake. After going down 2-0 last Thurs- day against Cheney on goals just a minute apart from Chris Fitzener in the ninth minute and from Forester Photo by Paul Delaney The Cheney keeper makes a stop on Medical Lake's Kevin Fisher to decide last Thursday's shootout and give the Blackhawks a 3-2 win. Seipp in the 10th-minute, the Car- dinals stormed back to tie, Prince scored the first of his two goals inthe 28th minute off a pass from Marco Wintermeyer and then knotted the game with a goal in the 62nd minute off an assist from Zach Hess. After that each team had their chances as both Ian Graves and the keeper combo of John Gingrich and Joe Scott were each credited with six saves through the remain- der of regulation, plus a pair of 5-minute overtime sessions. "It was definitely nice to see after the game we played down in Pullman," Hig- gins said. "We possessed the ball more and generated more scoring opportunities. It was nice to come back against them but it was hard not to be able to finish it off." The Cardinals Connected on nine of their 10 shootout shots but it was Carson Lamphere's shot for Cheney that decided things. "It's definitely the shooter's advan- tage/' Higgins said. But Higgins said it should not have come down to a shootout. "You gotta' get it done during the run of play," and not leave it to the pressure-packed drama of the shootout. "Once it comes down to a shootout you're just kind of hoping." At Pullman last Tuesday, Medical Lake started to open up the offense and get scor- ing chances in the second half. "That left them a little more space on their attack. They capitalized a couple of times and we just kind of broke down after that," Hig- gins said. "It was definitely one of the worst games we played all year," Higgins said. "We didn't come out focused." • And that was a surprise to Higgins. "I think we've been playing consistently well all season. That's kind of the one let down we've had." Medical Lake was flat, Higgins said, looking at the Pullman game. ,We were not playing well." It wasn't until the 52nd minute that the Greyhounds broke the scoreless deadlock on Malte Lange's goal. Kevin Spangenberg's back-to-back goals in the 57th and 67th minutes broke it oper Jake Stevens wrapped up the scoring at 71 minutes. With their season complete, the Car- dinals now play the waiting game as the rest of the GNL teams still have games remaining. "We still have an opportunity to over- take Cheney," Higgins said, but he' s realistic that the chore, while mathematically attain- able, is largely a long shot. Cheney hosted GNL leader East Valley (9-1,11-1) this past Tuesday and finishes today at Deer Park (1-9, 3-10). "Realistically we' re probably looking at fourth place right now," Higgins said. That means the Cardinals would host No. 6 Deer Park next Thursday at 4 p.m. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@epress.com. " Medical Lake boys edge Cheney, 1all to Shadle Park by 4-3 scores head coach Leroy Lemaster was concerned. "Blake Andrews im- proved his play against Denenny. David simply played a great game that was good enough to defeat Blake. "Morrison lost a heart break- er in three sets," Lemaster said. "He had his chances to put to it away but his opponent held on to pull out a victory." Mor- rison was hampered by a sore shoulder in the final set his coach said. Ryan and Barr played very solid matches, Lemaster said. "They both were very consistent in their play and had a lot to prove after losing their matches in Cheney. It was a good victory for our kids." In doubles play, No. 1 Jake Wesselman and Ismael Tes- home "played their best match of the season," Lemaster said. "Their volleys and ground strokes have really improved. This was a good rebound from getting beat in Cheney in a three setter." By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Keyed by wins at No. 3 and No. 4 singles and their top two doubles' pairs, the Medical Lake boy's tennis team scored a tight 4-3 Great Northern League vic- tory over visiting Cheney last Tuesday. The victory left the Cardinals with a 1-1 record for the week following 4-3 non-league loss at Shadle Park and a weather post- ponement of their GNL match against East Valley, both last Thursday and this past Monday. Blake Andrews lost to David Denenny 3-6, 4-6 at No. 1 sin- gles while No. 2 Jacob Morrison dropped a three-set decision to 8-6, 10-12, 0-6 to Jacob Weisger- ber. Straight-set wins from No. 3 Andrew Ryan, who beat Allen Walls 6-0, 6-4 and Hunter Barr's 6-3, 6-0 victory over Eric Barrio at No. 4 kept the Cards alive. 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"He played a good match ;ardinals let possible wins slip away By PAUL,DELANEY Staff Reporter A pair of 4-3 girls' tennis team losses by Medical Lake could have easily been victories in the eyes of Cardinals" coach Dawn Eliassen, The results, however, will show Medical Lake lost a 4-3 match at Cheney last Tuesday and a 4-3 non-league outing at Shadle Park Wednesday. "We could have won this match 5-2" Eliassen said. "Of the four that we lost 'we could have won three of them, maybe even the fourth." Medical Lake fell in three of four singles games. Lynsey Abbott lost to Abi Smith 4-6, 1-6 at No. 1 singles. Olivia Hagel dropped a 4-6, 3-6 contest to Holly Passey at No. 2 and Raquel Alsept lost to Maria Cruz 6-2, 4-6, 4-6. Kelsi Brazelton was the lone Medical Lake winner taking a 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 win over Mary Floyd atNo.4. "Our singles players - regard- less of what the score says - three of them absolutely could have won their matches," Eliassen said. "Lynsey (Abbott) and Olivia (Ha- gel) I couldn't believe they didn't win. Olivia in particular is playing the best I've seen her play. All the girls have come a long way, but Olivia in particular, mechanically, that Cheney matr_h is the best I've seen her play." Cassi NiUes and Kristi Kauffman topped Cheney's Melissa Jamison and Michelle Celone 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4 in No. I doubles while the No. 3 doubles duo of Jamie McDaniel and Nicole Petersen won 6-2, 6-3 over Kiyana Dickson and Messa Winters. Katie Larkin and Brittany Vinson lost to Holly West and  Gill 6-3, 4-6, 3-6 in No. 2 doubles. "Even the doubles we lost were three-setters," Eliassen said. "They 10 Screens! 509-232-0444 Movie Information ,00i!!!!iiii ............................. • PC-13 Daily (1:45) (4:3017:15 9:50 Fri-Sun (11:001 @ Daily (3:10) (5:10) 7:10 9:lO Fn-Sun (11:10) (1:10) were all full of deuce games. When it comes down to playing deuce every game it's just a matter of a few points that separates the team that wins and the team that loses. It's tough." Against Shadle, Eliassen de- scribed this non-league contest as a virtual re-run on the Cheney match. ,"Really, truly, we could have won that match 4-3," Eliassen said. NiUes and Kaufman "came out of the chutes firing" on Wednesday, Passen sam of their 6-0, 6-1 whn at No. 1 Doubles. "Their opponents didn't even have a chance and that was good to see," Eliassen said. "They started out a little slow on Tuesday and to turn it around, to have learned from Tuesday and come out playing hard right out of the get-go was an improvement. "Cassie Hiatt and Whitney Wren at third doubles.played the best doubles match I've seen them play," Eliassen said of the 6-1, 6-0 win over Ellen Jamison and Adele Lordan. Eliassen described Hagel's match at No. 2 singles, a 4-6, 5-7 loss, as "deuce after deuce after deuce and that score could have been flip- flopped easily." This week was abusy one for the Cardinals that originally induded roaches this past Monday (East Val- ley), Tuesday (Pullman), Wednes- day (West Valley) and Friday for the start of the annual Inland Kmpbe Invitational. However, weather had already forced another postpone- ment against East Valley that had been rescheduled due to snow. "I've never had a match snowed out after Tax Day, come on," Eliassen said. "You might get snow the first couple weeks of the season, but not at the end of April." Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheney_freepress.com, with Terrell," Lemaster said. "Terrell Hawkins has been more aggressive on the net as well and it too paid off." Medica] Lake hosts West Valley today at 3:30 p.m. They were to have also played at Pull- man this past Tuesday, weather permitting. 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