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Mustangs Riding High

Trout Lake clinches third league championship en route to post-season

With a state regional berth already locked up, three-time Greater Columbia B League soccer champion Trout Lake will host a District 5 playoff for regional seeding.

The Mustangs will play Riverside Christian or Day Star Christian. The match starts at 2:30 p.m.

Trout Lake (7-2 in league, 13-3-2 overall) wrapped up another GCB title with a 2-1 victory last Friday over Sunnyside Christian there.

A win on Saturday will put Trout Lake in next weekend's Class 1A/B east regional tournament as the GCB's No.-1 seed. A loss still pays off, though Trout Lake probably would have to play powerhouse Northwest Christian (Spokane) in the first round.

"If we get the first seed, we'll play in the second match (on Nov. 15) at 2 p.m.," Mustangs Coach Doug Dearden said. "We'll have to see how things go Saturday."

Trout Lake's opponent will be Northport or Northwest Christian, both from the Northeast district.

The two-day regional tournament will be played Nov. 15-16 in Edgar Brown Stadium at Pasco High School.

First, Trout Lake has to take care of business at the local level to secure the most advantageous position in the regional bracket.

"We think Riverside will be the team, if they keep playing the way they have been," Dearden noted. "They've won four of their last five after starting out oh and four."

Trout Lake won the season series with Riverside, 2-1, including a 5-4 overtime victory on Oct. 29 at home.

But Riverside's late-season dominance of Day Star (4-5) and Sunnyside Christian (3-6, 3-11-1) assured the Crusaders would play in the post-season.

The Mustangs helped do in Sunnyside by edging the Knights last Friday.

Sophomore Peter Schmid scored an unassisted goal off a corner kick in the 7th minute of play to give the Mustangs a lead it would never yield.

Midway through the second half, junior Mike Hansen knocked in his team-leading 16th goal on a breakaway that began at midfield and ended with the ball in the back of SC's net.

"It wasn't one of our better offensive games. I thought our passing was poor," Dearden said. "But I thought it was our best defensive game of the year. We played them tough all the way and didn't give them a lot of scoring opportunities."

Trout Lake's defensive goal was to post its first shutout victory of the year. But SC's Matt Haak foiled the plan with a scoring shot in the final 30 seconds of the match.

Day Star finished off Sunnyside last Saturday, however, delivering a 3-0 triumph in a match with a playoff berth riding on the outcome.

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