Cards earn second round playoff game
Medical Lake beat Riverside, will advance win or lose at Lakeside
Medical Lake's Ryan Spangler punches the ball past the Riverside goalkeeper for one of the two goals he scored in the Cardinals' 3-1 victory over the Rams in the opening round of the Northeast A League playoffs. Medical Lake met regular season champion Lakeside in a seeding game yesterday (May 7) to determine where teams would play in Bi-Districts May 9-10.
Medical Lake will get their chance to see if they can alter the old adage of "three being the charm" and make that magic number, four.
With the Cardinals' 3-1 first-round loser out district playoff game win over Riverside this past Monday, Medical Lake will get to face Northeast A League regular season champion Lakeside for the fourth time this season.
The Cardinals (11-6 overall) hope this fourth meeting between the two will result in their first win in a seeding game that was played this past Wednesday in Suncrest. The Eagles, 13-2, with their lone league loss coming via the feet of Riverside, had beaten the Cardinals 3-0, 7-2 and 5-0.
"We're just trying to stay consistent and keep our heads about us, just play our game," Cardinals' head coach Zane Higgins said. "We've been doing a good job of it so I'm really happy. It's tough to beat a team four times."
But Medical Lake now carries a four-game winning streak into the second-round game, among the victories winning 1-0 last Thursday, again against Riverside, and 6-0 Tuesday versus Newport.
The winner would host a game in the 1A Bi-Districts either May 9 or 10 while the loser would hit the road for an unknown Eastern Washington destination.
In Monday's contest Medical Lake surrendered a first-half penalty kick goal but a pair of goals from Ryan Spangler, scored at 48 and 56 minutes, and icing provided by Dallas White at 63 minutes sealed the win.
It was the second victory over the Rams in just four days as the teams met in the final game of the NEA season with the Cardinals winning a 1-0 overtime contest on White's goal in the 82nd minute.
"It was a pretty dramatic goal," Higgins said. Since they had wrapped up second place, many subs played early in the contest, but when the teams still remained scoreless, he inserted scoring ace White.
"Dallas didn't play but we decided to put him in in the last 15 minutes of the game," Higgins said. "He hit one off the crossbar so he almost ended it in regulation."
The first two minutes of overtime he got a through ball, a pass from Brendan Satcher, and went one-on-one with the goaltender.
Last Tuesday versus Newport, Wil Noble had a two-goal, two-assist day while White scored three goals in the first half and Medical Lake defeated Newport 6-0.
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