Boys soccer drops first two games, loses four players to injuries

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  • (Photo by JUDD WILSON) Cameron Bell defended against the Stillwater Christian attack Aug. 25

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    (Photo by JUDD WILSON) Jackson Gilliland looked to slow down the Stillwater Christian offense Aug. 25

  • (Photo by JUDD WILSON) Cameron Bell defended against the Stillwater Christian attack Aug. 25

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    (Photo by JUDD WILSON) Jackson Gilliland looked to slow down the Stillwater Christian offense Aug. 25

PRIEST RIVER — The Priest River boys soccer team lost to Bonners Ferry 3-0 Aug. 19, and lost at home against Grangeville 2-1 Aug. 26. Head coach Rob Lawler pointed out that goalkeeper Jakia Irvine had an outstanding game with 15 saves. However, the Spartan offense only forced the Badger goalkeeper to register four saves for the shutout. Lawler said Bonners Ferry took advantage of the opportunities they had, while Priest River was unable to capitalize on the few opportunities they earned.

Against Grangeville, the Spartans were without four players due to injuries. Lawler said Dimitri Moede was out with a fractured femur, Drayven Ayers was out with a sprained ankle, Ivan VanHoutan was out with a tweaked knee, and Jakia DeMotte was out with Achilles’ heel and ankle issues.

After two Grangeville goals, Priest River’s lone goal came on a penalty kick in the first half. Lawler said later in the half the Spartans nearly had a goal “when the Grangeville goalie appeared to fall with the ball crossing the goal line.” However, the referee called it a non-goal and the first half ended with the Spartans trailing 2-1. In the second half, the Spartans failed to capitalize on their scoring opportunities and eventually ran out of gas due to the lack of substitutes. “The boys were running on fumes by midway through the second half and definitely played a factor in our ability to finish when the opportunities were presented. We are looking forward to meeting up again in Grangeville later this season with all of our players on the roster.”

First half -- 1, BF Tyler Beazer, 11:00.

Second half -- 2, BF Kyler Robles (Beazer), 50:00. 3, BF Beazer (Pacen Pluid) 77:00.

Shots -- PR 5, BF 23

Saves -- PR, DeMotte 15. BF 4.

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