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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, May 14, 2015 SECTION 2 SPORTS al La 5-1 loss at Colville is tiebreaker for top spot in NEA By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Medical Lake's quest for an undisputed boy's Northeast A League soccer championship ran into a big roadblock in Colville last Thursday, May 7. Colville's 5-1 win not only halted Medical Lake's six game winning streak but also awarded the Indians sole possession of the top spot hav- ing won the total goals battle 7-4 following the Cardinals' earlier 3-2 win. Medical Lake (8-2 Northeast A League, 8-8 overall) entered the week with a one-game lead over Colville (8-2, 9-3) and maintained that with a 5-0 win May 5 at home over Riverside (1-8, 2-9). In that contest the Cardinals peppered the Rams with 25 shots with Nick Rosenbeck having a goal and an assist for a two-point game. Sam Matt stopped five Rams' shots to earn the shutout in goal. In their showdown at Colville Thursday, Colville led just 1-0 at the half on the first of three goals from Alberto Cisneros at the 38th minute. But Cisneros opened the second half scoring twice in the 42nd and 61st minutes, the final on a pen- alty kick that seemed to settle the contest. Medical Lake's Alex Garza scored his team's lone goal in the 73rd minute. With the four-goal win, Colville outscored Medical Lake 7-4 in the two games the two teams faced each other and were awarded first place on that basis. Medical Lake was to meet Newport (5-4, 8-4) in a loser-out first round game May 12 with the winner facing the Colville vs. Lakeside winner, today, May 14 at 6 p.m. at Gonzaga Prep. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress.com. Contributed photo by Colville Statesman Examiner Medical Lake's Dominic Shaima (8) tries to advance the ball in last Thursday's 5-1 soccer loss at Colville. inals su pair of h rtbreaki ball By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Two more tough one- run losses to Deer Park added to the frustra- tion this baseball season for Medical Lake last week. The Cardinals fell 4-3 in nine innings May 5 and 5-4 on April 28 and have dropped six of their last seven North- east A League games going into a first-round, loser-out playoff game May 12 at Lakeside (9-5 NEA, 11-8 overall). Perhaps the Cardi- nals' most deflating de- feat was the 5-4 setback where they appeared to be cruising to vic- tory with a 4-0 lead and needing only three outs to get the win over the Stags (10-5, 13-6). "It's tough, tough to lose games like that, especially at Deer Park," Medical Lake head coach Kerry Kelly said. "Cory (Wagner) just pitched asuffered through a 1-4 great game." league season and still Wagner, Kelly's had his Coach's con- ace on the mound, has fidence entering the Medical Lake girls' tennis has solid finish By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The defending North- east A League girls cham- pion Medical Lake Car- i dinais ended up close to scoring a repeat but will finish third in the standings following three straight wins to close the regular season. The Cardinals earned a 3-2 win over Chewelah May 5, a 4-1 victory against Riverside May 7 ant[ top- "Alyssa was playing very aggres- sively at the net and Jasmine's returns were spot on." Medical Lake co-head coach Dawn Eliassen ping Deer Park 4-1 at home gles play against Chewelah May 8 to complete the as Alyssa Fitzgerald and solid week. Medical Lake Annika Gahan each re- finished the season strong corded 6-0, 6-1 wins. Kate- winning five of their final lynn Houger and Tasha six matches and are 7-3 in Alsept got the win in No. 2 league play. doubles 6- 2, 64 that helped Medical Lake swept sin- secure the victory. Fitzgerald, a 6-1, 6-0 winner, and Gahan, who scored a pair of 6-2 wins, repeated their efforts Thurs- day at Riverside. Alsept and Houger took two 6-1 wins at No. 2 doubles, followed by similar wins by Alyssa Pena and Jasmine Uribes. "It was nice to see these girls get a win," co head coach Dawn Eliassen said. "Alyssa was playing very aggressively at the net and Jasmine's returns were spot on." The Cardinals' Fitzger- ald (6-3, 4-6, 6-3) and Gahan (6-2, 2-6, 6-1) scored respec- ti,)e wins at No. I and No. 2 singles with three-set wins versus Deer Park. Annette Carlson and Cassidy Hagel at No. 1 doubles and No. 2 doubles teammates, Houger and Alsept, also earned wins. "This was a huge win for Alyssa," Eliassen said of the No. I singles effort. Next up are the district championships May 15-16 at Mead High School. Compe- tition begins Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. home-half of the sev- enth. "We were up 4-0 and he has 103 pitches going into the seventh and it's just a tough call," Kelly explained. "He and I talked about it, I'll let you go out there but if you give up a walk or hit (I'll pull you).'" But get- ting an early out would earn him more time to complete the game. The snake-bitten Wagner delivered what Kelly called an "ex- cuse me" swing hit that opened the floodgates. "We gave up one hit and a ton of walks and five runs .later..." the Cardinals had another long bus ride home. Wagner and Dylan Rushfeldt each had a pair of hits for Medical Lake (6-8, 8-12) with one of Wagner's a triple. Medical Lake got an- other chance at home, fell behind 3-0 after three innings, but rallied to tie in the bottom of the seventh when Wag- ner tripled and scored Tristen Keith. Cole Soliday had a four-hit afternoon with Wagner and Tyler Mun- den adding two hits each. Wagner stroked another triple that went for not. "We had a triple with a runner on then we tried to squeeze with one out and it didn't work," Kelly said. Tuesday's big game at Lakeside is a time for a fresh start Kelly said as he knows they are capable, and, perhaps a little feared. "This team, I don't think anyone is happy to see us come into their park," Kelly said. "We have the ability to beat any team," Kelly said. Conversely and unfortu- nately they also have the ability to lose to teams they maybe should not: A win Tuesday earned Medical Lake a little breathing room as it puts the Cardinals into double-elimination play. "Lakeside is going to be tough, but I cer- tainly look forward to the boys coming up and get a little run in them and have a good post- season," Kelly said. A win would mean turn- ing around to play NEA champion Freeman (14- 1, 16-3). "No matter the outcome Wednesday we play Saturday." Medical Lake Will put Wagner up against Lakeside in search of that all important win. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@chen eyfreepress. Dr. David Turner, DMD Modern Most dental dentistry insurances with 01daccepted fashioned including Tricare care ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS Ainvay Heights Family Dentistry 9173 W. Sunset Hwy. 509-456-4220