Thursday, September 23, 2004
By MATT DEARDEN
Special to The Enterprise
With five matches behind them, the boys on the Trout Lake soccer team are still undefeated and show no signs of putting an end to their streak.
On Sept. 11, the Mustangs got their third win by putting away visiting Grant Union from John Day, Ore., 6-0.
"They were a fairly big, physical team, with a lot of seniors," Mustangs Coach Rob Schmid said of Grant Union.
Regardless, they were no match for Trout Lake's speedy front line and solid defense.
Four Trout Lake seniors shared in the scoring, with Mark Poland leading the pack, accounting for three goals and two assists. Peter Schmid, Matt Dearden and Ben Steward also scored goals.
Last weekend, the Mustangs got wins four and five against Spokane's Valley Christian and Evergreen Lutheran of Kent at the annual Sunnyside Christian tournament.
In a rematch of last year's regional semifinal game, the Mustangs pounded the Valley Christian Crusaders, 4-1, last Friday in a lopsided match.
In a first half where Mustangs senior goalie Ian Smith literally did not touch the ball, Trout Lake put two goals in the back of the net. They netted two more in the second half.
Trout Lake thought it had the shutout, but in the final minutes Valley was able to put one through on a direct kick from 35 yards out.
Again, the Mustangs' scoring was shared evenly among four seniors: Poland, Schmid, Steward and Sebastian Villar.
The next day, the Mustangs faced a new opponent: Evergreen Lutheran. They also faced a new scenario: they were scored on first.
Kicking off against a howling wind, the Mustangs were caught off guard by a fired-up Evergreen team that scored just minutes into the match.
Schmid soon tied the score, however, and by halftime the Mustangs had scored two more goals to make it 3-1.
With the wind on their backs during the second half, Trout Lake kept the goals coming. The Mustangs put 23 shots on goal in the match and came out victorious, 6-2.
"I thought we passed really well and switched the field really well," Coach Schmid said. "The guys were just real patient, looking for the opportunities."
Poland finished with a hat trick and two assists. Schmid added two goals and an assist, and Steward netted one goal.
In five games, the Mustangs have outscored their opponents, 25-5, winning by a 5-1 average.
On Tuesday, Sept. 21, they traveled to Yakima to face their first Greater Columbia B League opponent, Riverside Christian.