Volleyball Splits, Soccer Kicks (Butt)

It was another successful week for the Lady Blackhawks soccer team, who went 2-0 in Great Northern League play after wins over Clarkston (3-2) and West Valley (3-0)

The Clarkston match was Cheney’s toughest challenge yet. With the score was tied 2-2 and two minutes left to play, Kailey Estrellado scored the winning goal, with an assist from Gabby Nguyen, to give keep her team’s undefeated streak alive.

After a scoreless first half, both teams turned up their offense, scoring a combined four goals in the first 20 minutes in the second frame. The Blackhawks took the lead after Madison O’Callaghan, assisted by Sydney Eaton, scored the first goal at the 46-minute mark. Clarkston’s Makinzie Backwood put her team ahead after her two goals, one at 53 minutes and the other six minutes later – marking the first time Cheney had been behind all season. Nguyen, with an assist from Estrellado, tied the score after her goal in the 60th minute.

Cheney outshot Clarkston 11-7 with goalkeeper Nicole Rowley making three saves and Melissa Aris recording two.

The Lady Blackhawks came out hard against West Valley. Cheney took the lead after they scored in the 24th minute. Lexi VanHorne’s goal – with an assist from Estrellado – at 33 minutes gave the Cheney a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.

Nuguyen capped Cheney’s scoring with a goal at 45 minutes – assisted by Riley Klauss.

The Lady Blackhawks outshot West Valley 13-7 with Rowley making six saves.

Cheney played Idaho’s Lakeland at home, Sept. 20 in their final nonleague match of the season. They host East Valley tonight (Sept. 22) at 4 p.m.

Volleyball went 1-1 in GNL play, first sweeping Clarkston, 3-0, on Sept. 13, then getting swept by West Valley, Sept. 15.

While Cheney defeated Clarkston in three games (27-25, 25-14 and 27-25), their victory was anything but easy.
Trouble started early for the Blackhawks as Peyton Stark left the game after an ankle injury. Rylie Pease and KD Skillingstad stepping into the setter role with Pease leading her team with 12 assists.

After Cheney rallied back to win Game 1 and easily put away the second game before the third.

In addition to her efforts as setter, Pease led her team in blocks with two while Ally Jones notched 14 digs. Pease, Jones and Stark recorded one ace each. Taylor Gould led her team with 11 kills.

West Valley was a different story as the Blackhawks played well but could not capitalize. Game scores were 25-19, 25-21 and 25-22.

Gould led her team with five kills and Pease had seven assists. Jones led the match with 23 kills and recorded two aces while Skillingstad notched one block.

Cheney played Greater Spokane League’s Rogers, Sept. 21. They host East Valley tonight (Sept. 22) at 7 p.m.

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