Goals haven’t come often for the Ferris soccer team this year. North Central gave the them a hand at Albi Stadium.
A hand ball in the box late in the match resulted in James Matern’s penalty kick for Ferris and 1-0 Greater Spokane League victory Wednesday.
“We’re just struggling trying to score and we’ve dominated a lot of games,” coach Robin Crain said. “If I knew why, we’d fix it.”
The Indians packed five players back on defense and got a solid effort in goal by Garrett Brickey to thwart Ferris (5-3, 3-2). On the flip side, NC (4-4, 3-2) forsook offense.
“We played like we needed to,” Indians coach Mica Lamb said. “Defense is our best chance to keep the game close and counterattack.”
The Indians’ best chance to score came at the start of the second half, when quick-footed midfielder Jake Hess worked his way through the Saxons’ defense but missed a close-in try.
At the 67-minute mark, a shot hit NC defender Nathan Pelton’s hands. Matern knocked his shot left into the goal.
“It was a tough way to lose a match,” Lamb said. “Obviously, it was the correct call.”
The victory knotted Ferris with the Indians and University in fourth place.
“We’ve got ourselves in a position now where we have to keep winning,” Crain said.
Also in the GSL: In the second contest at Albi, Shadle Park (2-6, 1-5) won its first GSL match, 3-0 over Rogers (1-7, 1-5). Joe Fenter had a goal and assist and Chris Rothrock two assists. … U-Hi (7-2, 4-2) handed visiting CV (6-1, 4-1) its first loss as Mikey Ramos and Evan Frobe alternated goals and assists in a 2-0 decision. … Lewis and Clark (6-2, 6-0) remained unbeaten atop the league with a 1-0 victory at Hart Field over East Valley (2-6, 2-3). Casey Ames scored on a header off a Brad Zentz cross midway through the first half. … Mead (5-1, 5-1) won 3-1 on the road at Gonzaga Prep (2-5, 0-5). Nick Hamer scored 2 minutes into the contest. Chance Johnstone added insurance with a late penalty kick.