Mead handed a nice gift to Central Valley and Gonzaga Prep on Wednesday as Greater Spokane League girls soccer reached the two-thirds mark.
Anna Kessler and Kara Marbury scored, and Taylor Gail made 10 saves as Mead defeated visiting Lewis and Clark 2-1.
The outcome, plus wins by CV and G-Prep, gave CV (10-1, 6-0, 18 points) a comfortable gap on first place and moved G-Prep (10-2, 4-1, 13 points) into second place, one point ahead of Mead (9-2, 4-2) and LC (11-2, 4-2).
CV can all but wrap up the title on Friday when it hosts LC.
Gail was minutes away from Mead’s third consecutive shutout when Gaby Kennedy scored for LC.
At Albi Stadium, CV outshot Ferris 11-3 but walked away with only a 1-0 win. On the score, Paige Gallaway beat the Saxons’ outside defender and fed Savannah Hoekstra for a goal from 10 yards out. The Bears have won six consecutive matches, the last five by shutout, since their lone loss of the season, to Lake City of Coeur d’Alene. Ferris dropped to 5-4, 3-3 – fifth place among 4A teams – and is danger of not making the District 8 4A playoffs.
Madi Payne had two goals and one assists, and Giulia Oliva added one goal and two assists to carry G-Prep to a 6-0 home win over North Central (2-7, 1-5). The Bullpups registered their fifth shutout of the season. G-Prep’s lone loss since Sept. 6 was last week’s 6-0 setback to CV.
• Also in the league, Mt. Spokane (6-4, 3-3, 10 points) won a key 3A matchup as junior Alyssa Lloyd had her first two-goal game during a 4-0 home win over Shadle Park (4-7, 1-5). Lloyd, previously a defender, had just one goal this season. Whittni Mundel had her second consecutive shutout for the Wildcats, who have won three straight to tie University for the top spot among 3A teams. … Sydney Weiler had one goal and one assist during the first 6 minutes as U-Hi (3-3, 3-3) posted a 6-0 win over visiting Rogers (0-7, 0-6).
• Shevaun Ames set up both goals as Lewiston qualified for the 5A state tournament with a 2-0 Region I win at Post Falls that eliminated the Trojans. Kellsi Parson scored at 20 minutes and Lacey Sumpter added a score midway through the second half for the Bengals. Lewiston will play for state seeding Saturday against either Lake City or Coeur d’Alene.