Cheney soccer advances in playoffs
Blackhawks score 4-0 shutout win; face Pullman again in seeding game
Micah Weller evades East Valley defenders during Cheney's 4-0 soccer playoff win over the visiting Knights. The win moves the Blackhawks into another round of play and yet another rematch with Pullman, today, May 15, at 4 p.m.
At this point in the Great Northern League boys' soccer season it's survive and advance - both of which the Cheney Blackhawks did with a 4-0 win Tuesday over East Valley.
Cheney got all they would need in the 14th minute on Ian Schimandle's goal, but they also caught a break in the process when Knights' goalkeeper, senior Adam Bromley received a red card and was disqualified. Micah Weller took the penalty kick, which was blocked by Bromley's replacement, but the ball bounced to the left of goal where Nick Steele possessed and fired a crossing pass that Schimandle headed in off the left post.
Trevan Estrellado gave Cheney a 2-0 lead in the 21st minute off an assist by Weller, who got into the scoring column with goals in the 52nd and 61st minute, the first also assisted by Steele. Cheney out shot East Valley 12-4 with Kameron Galm making four saves.
It wasn't one of Cheney's better games, Blackhawks head coach Mark Kiver said, as the Knights have offered a stiff challenge all year. Heat from one of spring's first really warm days played a factor, but that also helped as Kiver said he was able to play everyone, providing some needed playoff experience.
"I think we definitely could have done better but we've got to be happy with the win," Kiver said. "We won and now we move on."
Cheney hosts Pullman, who survived at home against West Valley 2-0, for seeding today (Thursday) at 4 p.m.
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