Jordon Eborall can usually tell how well his Coeur d’Alene High boys soccer team is going to play during prematch warmups.
The senior midfielder thought the Vikings might struggle Thursday afternoon. As it turned out, though, he was wrong.
Eborall and senior midfielder Forrest Walker each scored two goals as Coeur d’Alene handled Lake City 4-1 in a 5A Inland Empire League match at LC.
The win kept the Vikings (9-2-4, 4-1-1) alive in the chase for the conference championship. Post Falls (7-3-2, 4-1-0) can clinch its first league title Tuesday when the Trojans travel to Lewiston (2-1-1, 0-5-0).
CdA secured no worse than the No. 2 seed to the Region I tournament, which begins Oct. 13. LC (5-5-2, 2-3-1) is the third seed.
Whatever Eborall didn’t like about warmups didn’t creep into the match.
“It was a shaky warmup,” Eborall said. “If we warm up good, we’ll play good. If we don’t, we play pretty bad. We warmed up pretty bad today, but somehow we came through.”
Walker scored in the 11th minute, heading in from point blank a nice crossing pass from Carson Green.
About 15 minutes later, Eborall chipped in a pass from Grant Stimmel inside the near post from 11 yards out that LC goalie Nick Higgs got his hands on but couldn’t stop.
LC had a brief sign of life 10 minutes later when junior forward Chris Wheelock lifted a shot from 30 yards out over the outstretched hands of CdA goalie Jimmy Keith. That was the Timberwolves’ last serious threat.
Walker scored his second goal moments later to give CdA a 3-1 lead at intermission. Eborall got his second 23 minutes into the second half.
“Some good intensity, some good decisions, some good team play,” CdA coach Eric Louis said.
Eborall said Louis had the Vikings well-prepared.
“Coach set us up at practice yesterday for a good intense match without getting sloppy,” Eborall said. “We just played our game like we were supposed to.”
Louis had particular praise for his three defenders – Stimmel, Drew Morgan and Byron Fabiano.
“They were tremendous, especially Grant Stimmel,” Louis said. “One of the things they’ve improved on over the season is their decision making and quality of touch. First of all, knowing the decision before the ball even gets there and, second of all, getting the ball where it belongs.”
LC coach Chad Beadell praised his team and CdA.
“We got some great effort,” Beadell said. “I’m not going to take anything away from (CdA). They put away some great chances. We put away our one real chance. We didn’t get a lot of chances. Eric (Louis) had them ready to go, and they carried out their game plan.”