Hounds Fall to Cheney in Second Round of Districts
Written by William Konkel
It was a tough fought second-round District game between the Cheney Blackhawks and the Pullman Greyhounds on Saturday, May 6th. The first half was a highly intense, back-and-forth affair with both teams having legitimate scoring chances. After 40 minutes the score remained locked at 0-0. That first half of soccer reflected what had happened all season when the two teams faced each other; in the prior three meetings between the Blackhawks and Greyhounds, each game ended in penalty kicks. Cheney won the first game, and Pullman claimed the next two.
In the second half of the District game, Pullman had better quality scoring chances; however, Cheney struck first in the 69th on a counter-attack goal from Senior Noah Prophet. The Hounds responded, stealing back the momentum as the game waned into the closing minutes. Keeper Graham Laird came up to the opposing 18 on a corner kick with less than a minute left. The corner kick flew long and was received by Laird with a great touch, who proceeded to avoid a defender and play the ball to Shyam Venkatasubramanian. Shyam played the ball in to Jed Byers who headed the ball into the back of the net in the 80th minute, sending the game into overtime. Each team had chances to end the game, in overtime, but failed to do so. Venkatasubramaniam, Konkel, Beyenal, Lewis, and Byers all made their PKs for Pullman. Smith, Prophet, Schorzman, West, Hemenway, and Babcock all make their PKs for Cheney. Mauzay saved the 7th PK and won the game for Cheney. Pullman ended the season 12-7 overall and 9-3 in league play.