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Bryan Maxwell, left, and Zak Deutschman have led Lewis and Clark’s defense this season. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Boys soccer: League champion Lewis and Clark prepares for next step

The Lewis and Clark boys soccer team isn’t satisfied.

A Greater Spokane League title and an eight-match winning streak are nice, but the Tigers are hoping for more as the District 8 4A tournament begins on Wednesday.

“While it was nice to come out on top of the league standings, we are determined for more,” coach Mica Lamb said as LC (13-1-1, 8-1-0-0) prepares for a first-round match against Chiawana.

Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. at Spokane Falls Community College.

In other first-round matches involving GSL teams in the 4A ranks, No. 3 seed Ferris plays Walla Walla at 6:30 at Albi Stadium; fifth-seeded Gonzaga Prep is at Richland at 5 and No. 7 seed Central Valley is at Pasco’s Edgar Brown Stadium at 5:30.

Winners advance to semifinals this weekend, but the eight-team tourney continues next week. Three teams will advance to state.

“Our kids wanted three trophies this year (GSL, district, state), so securing the first just has us hungry for more,” said Lamb, whose Tigers were preseason favorites but lost their GSL opener to CV on March 21.

Since then, LC has outscored opponents 31-6. Apart from a 5-4 win over University, the Tigers have allowed just five goals in their other 14 matches.

“Our two seniors on the back line, Zak Deutschman and Bryan Maxwell, are as good as you’ll find in high school soccer,” Lamb said.

The Tigers are balanced, too. Five players have scored at least six goals.

“(That) makes us a little bit difficult to prepare for,” Lamb said.

Meanwhile, Ferris has been winning with defense and clutch play. Picked to finish third in the GSL, the Saxons (12-1-1, 8-1-0-0) come into districts with five consecutive one-goal wins.

Ferris gave up six goals in league play and scored 17, including eight from Caden Martin.

District 8 3A

Led by top-seeded North Central (6-7-0, 2-4-2-1), all four GSL teams are still alive.

Seventh-seeded Shadle Park (4-11-0, 1-7-0-1) thrashed Southridge 5-0 in a loser-out match on Monday to advance to the second round against No. 3 seed Mt. Spokane (6-9-1, 2-6-1-0).

In the other half of the bracket, fifth-seeded Rogers (4-10-0, 0-6-2-1) is at Kamiakin. The winner will face NC on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at SFCC.