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Cheney is no longer a bridesmaid

Schmandel’s overtime ‘golden goal’ lifts Blackhawks soccer team to 2A state title


John McCallum

Cheney midfielder Micah Weller holds off Tyee midfielder Eduardo Pelayo (10) on a dribbling run that ended in Ian Schmandel’s overtime goal giving the Blackhawks the 2A state boys soccer title.

In the end, it took two kicks and four feet to ease the pain of four years of frustration for the Cheney High School boys’ soccer team in the state 2A title game.

The first came from midfielder Micah Weller, who possessed a ball near the end of the first overtime last Saturday against Tyee, dribbled 15-20 yards before passing forward to forward/midfielder Ian Schmandel. The junior in turn dribbled ahead of the Totems’ defender and fired a shot from near the 18-yard box that went through goalkeeper Alan Mora’s hands and into the back of the net – giving the Blackhawks their first sta...

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