The battle for the Greater Columbia B League's boys soccer championship began last weekend as the conference's two top contenders went toe-to-toe in Trout Lake.
The Friday-Saturday doubleheader in the upper White Salmon River valley pitted two-time defending league champion Trout Lake against a combined team from Day Star and Moses Lake Christian schools.
Trout Lake prevailed on Friday, winning the match in a shoot-out after two five-minute overtime periods failed to break a 1-1 tie.
On Saturday, it was the Moses Lake team's turn to celebrate a hard-fought victory, this time by a score of 2-1 in regulation. It was Trout Lake's first league defeat since a 5-4 loss to Day Star on Sept. 28, 2001.
The matches left Trout Lake and Day Star/Moses Lake with identical 2-1 records and tied for first place in league standings.
In other league action, the Knights of Sunnyside Christian defeated the Riverside Christian Crusaders 2-1 last Friday.
The Mustangs (7-2-2 overall) were scheduled to travel to Sunnyside Tuesday to take on the Knights.
Their next home matches are this Friday against the Crusaders and next Tuesday against the Knights. Both matches start at 4 p.m.