Trout Lake took a percentage-points lead in Greater Columbia B League boys soccer standings last Friday with a 3-2 victory over visiting Riverside Christian.
The Mustangs, who improved to 4-1 in league and 9-2-2 overall, scored all three of their goals in the first half.
Sophomore Peter Schmid staked them to a 1-O lead with a scoring shot in the 14th minute.
The last-place Crusaders (0-4) tied the match with a goal in the 27th minute.
Ten minutes later, junior Mike Hansen knocked in his team-leading 11th goal to put Trout Lake on top 2-1. Sophomore Mark Poland made it 3-1 in the 39th minute.
Riverside pulled within 3-2 with a goal in the 77th minute.
Overall, shots on goal were even at 13 apiece.
"It's been a very tight league, with no league match being decided by more than one goal," Mustangs Coach Doug Dearden noted.
Trout Lake has four league games remaining: Oct. 15 vs. Sunnyside Christian; Oct. 18 at Day Star/Moses Lake; Oct. 22 vs. Riverside; Nov. 1 at Sunnyside.
Trout Lake 2, at Sunnyside Christian 1 --
The Mustangs erased a 1-0 deficit with two goals in the final 15 minutes of the Oct. 8 match to improve their GCB record to 3-1.
Mike Hansen scored in the 65th minute to tie the match and senior Andy Dick put in the go-ahead goal for Trout Lake in the 75th minute.
Trout Lake (8-2-2 overall) peppered the Sunnyside Christian goal for 20 shots during the match, forcing Knights keeper Tristen Visser to come up with 12 saves.
In the second half, the Mustangs launched 12 shots on goal and completely shut down the Knights, who got off just four shots on the day.
The Knights' Hilary Hughes put Sunnyside Christian (1-2) ahead 1-0, beating Mustangs senior goalie Marcus VanLaar for a goal in the 31st minute off a feed from Caleb Koopmans.
In other GCB action last week, Day Star Christian (3-1) upended winless Riverside Christian 3-1 to hold on to second place in the standings.
Day Star/Moses Lake Christian 2, at Trout Lake 1 --
Despite being outplayed by the Mustangs in the second half, the visitors broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 52nd minute of play Oct. 5.
"Day Star plays a defensive style that makes it difficult for opponents to score," Mustangs Coach Doug Dearden explained. "Sometimes they put nine to 10 men back on defense. They're very content to win 1-0."
Mark Poland scored Trout Lake's goal, which came in the first half and evened the score at 1-1.
At Trout Lake 1, Day Star/Moses Lake Christian 1 (OT) --
Andy Dick, Mike Hansen and Peter Schmid scored goals in a shoot-out, and goalkeeper Marcus VanLaar didn't allow any as Trout Lake won the Oct. 4 thriller.
The match remained deadlocked at 1-1 at the end of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.
After a scoreless first half, Day Star/Moses Lake found the back of the net in the 65th minute for a 1-0 lead.
Hansen gave Trout Lake new life with a countering goal in the 75th minute.