SANDPOINT - Sandpoint head coach Adam Tajan knew heading into the game that Post Falls scoring machine Timmy Mueller would be a handful for his defenders to mark, and that proved to be the case on Saturday in nonleague boys soccer at Centennial Field.
Mueller notched a hat trick in the first half, leading the Trojans (10-1) to a 4-1 win over the Bulldogs (7-4-2) in a game that was essentially over halfway through the first half.
"Timmy is just a finisher; you give him a chance and he takes care of business. He's big, fast and strong, and difficult to contain," said Tajan of Meuller. "It wasn't our best performance. We just have to get ready for Lakeland on Thursday, that's the bottom line."
Joab Logan finished an assist from Logan Broehl for the Bulldogs' lone goal, which cut the lead to 2-1 in the 18th minute, but Mueller had an answer six minutes later on a feed from Brady Ulen, who also scored in the second half.
Post Falls plays host to Lakeland on Tuesday.
Sandpoint is at Lakeland on Thursday in a big 4A Inland Empire League clash.
First half - 1, PF, Timmy Mueller (unassisted), 6:00. 2, PF, Mueller (free kick), 14:00. 3, Spt, Joab Logan (Logan Broehl), 18:00. 4, PF, Mueller (Brady Ulen), 24:00. Second half - 5, PF, Ulen (free kick), 72:00.
Shots on goal - PF 10, Spt 10.
Saves - PF, Brady Hite, 7; Spt, Jake Rookey 3, Austin Keyes 3.
Coeur d'Alene 0
RATHDRUM - Alex Opland scored on an assist from Tanner Beadles in the 75th minute as the Hawks beat the Vikings in a nonleague match at Rotary Field.
"We changed our formation to a 3-5-2 and pushed people up top and Beadles sent a pass over to a 1-on-1 against Keagan (Shillington)," Lakeland coach Andrew Craig said. "After playing them for a third time, we've shown how much we grew as a team. We lost to them (4-1) in the first game of the season and to beat them showed that."
On Tuesday, Lakeland (6-5-1) travels to Post Falls, and Coeur d'Alene (6-3-3) hosts Lewiston.
First half - none. Second half - 1, LL, Alex Opland (Tanner Beadles), 75:00.
Shots on goal - Cd'A 6, LL 5.
Saves - Cd'A, Keagan Shillington 4; LL, Cade Coffey 5.
St. Maries 4
Valley Christian 1
ST. MARIES - Brett Dickman scored two first-half goals as the Lumberjacks beat the Panthers in a nonleague match.
"We got out of the blocks quick and had a really good tempo on offense in the first half," St. Maries coach Chris Renaldo said. "It was hot today and it kind of zapped both teams in the second half, but both teams played well."
Jesse Suchoski and Victor Grogan also had goals for St. Maries (6-4-0), which hosts St. George's on Wednesday.
First half - 1, VC, James Segulla (unassisted), 7:00. 2, SM, Jesse Suchoski (Austin Cordell), 9:00. 3, SM, Victor Grogan (unassisted), 16:00. 4, SM, Brett Dickman (Cordell), 25:00. 5, SM, Dickman (unassisted), 39:00. Second half - none.
Shots on goal - VC 4, SM 19.
Saves - VC, Bo Persol 10; SM, Blake McGregor 3.
Lake City at Lewiston, ppd., air
LEWISTON - The 5A Inland Empire League match between the Timberwolves and Bengals was postponed due to poor air quality.
School administrators plan to meet Monday to set a makeup date.
Lake City 2
COEUR d'ALENE - Camryn Wendlandt and Sydney Quimby scored unassisted goals in the second half as the Timberwolves defeated the Bengals in a 5A Inland Empire League match at the Irma Anderl Soccer Complex.
Tiegan Horton had five saves for Lake City (3-5-3, 2-1-2 5A IEL), which travels to Moscow on Tuesday.
Lewiston is 0-4-1 in league and travels to Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday.
First half - none. Second half - 1, LC, Camryn Wendlandt (unassisted), 45:00. 2, LC, Sydney Quimby (unassisted), 48:00.
Shots on goal - Lew 5, LC 9.
Saves - Lew, Katie Daugherty 7; LC, Tiegan Horton 5.
Post Falls 0
POST FALLS - Megan Pagano scored on an assist from Emma Weme in the 39th minute as the Bulldogs defeated the Trojans in a nonleague match.
"It wasn't our best game, but I'm pretty happy we beat the 5A Inland Empire League champion twice," said Sandpoint coach Conor Baranski, whose Bulldogs also won 1-0 on Aug. 28 in Sandpoint. "We weren't well organized, but did enough to beat them today."
Sandpoint (7-3-2) hosts Lakeland in a 4A Inland Empire League match on Thursday.
Aneesah Gondo had eight saves for Post Falls (7-6), which travels to Lakeland on Tuesday.
First half - 1, Spt, Megan Pagano (Emma Weme), 39:00. Second half - none.
Shots on goal - Spt 11, PF 6.
Saves - Spt, Makayla Sundquist, 3; PF, Aneesah Gondo, 8.
SPIRIT LAKE - Further details were not available from the Intermountain League game.
Timberlake (7-3-2, 6-2-1 IML) travels to Lakeland next Saturday.
Bonners Ferry 8
Priest River 1
BONNERS FERRY - Elizabeth Racer scored five first-half goals as the Badgers beat the Spartans in an Intermountain League match.
Priest River (1-13, 1-7 IML) travels to Timberlake on Tuesday.
Bonners Ferry (8-3-1, 7-0-1) hosts Orofino on Friday.
First half - 1, BF, Elizabeth Racer, 3:45. 2, BF, Racer, 5:15. 3, BF, Racer, 7:08. 4, BF, Jocelyn Palacios, 10:23. 5, BF, Racer, 14:59. 6, BF, Racer, 16:28. 7, BF, Lindsay Taggart, 32:47. 8, BF, Kerstin Oxford, 36:49. Second half - 9, PR, Angel Clark, 53:32.
Shots on goal - PR 12, BF 12.
Saves - PR, Brittany Krampert 6; BF, Tessa Payne 8.
Lakeland at Coeur d'Alene
No report was received from the Vikings.