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Victory over Day Star propels Trout Lake into first place atop GCB standings

Mustangs can clinch the league title by winning last three matches

Trout Lake got second-half goals from Jerry Duke and Dustin Poland last Friday to edge Day Star Christian 2-1 and take over sole possession of first place in Greater Columbia B League soccer standings.

Duke scored directly on a corner kick in the first minute of the second half to tie the match at 1 apiece.

The wind-aided shot from the right corner sailed into the upper left corner of the goal, just beyond the reach of Day Star's goaltender.

Poland knocked in his goal in the 65th minute, off an assist from Spencer Paxson, to give the Mustangs a 2-1 advantage.

Day Star, of Moses Lake, took a 1-0 lead in the first minute of play on a goal by Jacob Jones.

Though that one-goal lead stood up through the rest of the first half, Trout Lake quietly gained control of the match. Once momentum swung their way, the Mustangs held on to it, thanks to the stalwart defensive effort put forth by Nathan and Andrew Dick, and goalkeeper Marcus Van Laar.

The victory elevated the Mustangs' league-leading record to 5-1, and its overall mark to 8-3, with three league matches remaining.

Day Star, at 4-2, is second and in the running for the league's second district playoff berth.

Trout Lake 4, at Sunnyside Christian 0 --

Ben Anderson achieved his third hat trick, Dustin Poland had a goal and two assists, and Marcus Van Laar recorded his second shutout in a league match played Oct. 9.

Anderson's three goals came in the first half in a 14-minute span. He scored in the 26th, 28th and 40th minutes on assists from Peter Smith, Kris Huffsmith and Poland.

Poland added the Mustangs' final goal in the 75th minute. Ian Smith got the assist.

Van Laar got the victory in goal, with the help of Nathan Dick. The sweeper played a central role in preventing the Knights from getting many threatening scoring opportunities.


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