A week to remember
for Cutthroat soccer
Boys wallop Wood
end long drought
was a good week to be a Cutthroat," said Community School boys’
soccer coach Richard Whitelaw with pride and some understatement.
soph John Hayes (left) has the inside track as Wood River defender
Slater Storey tries to defend him during last Wednesday’s 7-1 Cutthroat
victory. Express photo by David N. Seelig
was a great week for the 2001 Community School boys (6-2 overall, 6-0
league) in their quest for respect among Idaho’s powers.
did the Cutthroats shatter their 16-game winless streak against Wood River
dating back to their state title season of 1992, they took total control
of the nine-team Fourth District 3A title chase.
Wood River 7-1 on its new Sagewillow Farms field Wednesday, the
Cutthroats posted the highest goal total in 42 games played between
the schools since 1983.
Cutthroats also trimmed Bliss 5-0 at home Friday and added a 12-2
league victory at Declo Saturday.
talented squad has now posted six straight league wins by a whopping
eye peering ahead to a much-anticipated home game against unbeaten Twin
Falls (7-0) on Sept. 26, Whitelaw said, "We’re focused on playing
one game at a time."
game the Cutthroats needed to win was the grudge match against Wood River—and
they put it away early with explosive scoring.
an early surge by the upset-minded Wolverines, the host Cutthroats got on
the board when top scorer Josh Stanek (13 goals in eight games) drilled
the first of his three goals at 13 minutes.
John Hayes cracked open the floodgates with a long cross that found the
top right-hand corner at 20 minutes, then Hayes headed home a Nic Hanscom
cross for a 3-0 lead. Stanek’s volley made it 4-0, the third Cutthroat
goal in four minutes.
It was a
barrage, and the rout was on. The Cutthroats outshot Wood River 12-2 in
the first 25 minutes.
started to penetrate and dominate," said Whitelaw. "We got a
couple of quick goals and took the game out of Wood River."
completed his hat trick early in the second half. Junior Sean Higgins
wiggled through the Wolverine defense and put home his own rebound for a
which hasn’t been blanked by the Cutthroats since 1992, saved face when
Chase Cleveland converted a Tate Mills cross. Cutthroat keeper Drew
Detwiler made the save of the game, fisting a 40-yard Ryan Skahill free
kick safely over the net. Josh Sonneland then finished the scoring after a
testing Stanek shot.
of the Match" was stopper Zac Brown, showing courage after suffering
an ankle injury at Buhl. Also, senior Quinn Orb made his 50th varsity
start, an remarkable total for the reliable sweeper.
Cutthroats breezed 5-0 at home over Bliss. Sonneland scored twice, one a
penalty kick, and Stanek added a goal. "Man of the Match" Josh
Kantor also scored in the first half. Ahead 4-0 at half, the Cutthroats
went to their junior varsity and Chadd Montgomery tallied the final goal.
league game at once-beaten Declo (6-2) Saturday developed into a 12-2
Cutthroat thrashing. Stanek and Higgins scored three goals apiece and
Hanscom chipped in with a pair. The lead was 5-1 at intermission.
single goals were Hayes, Sonneland, Drew Stoecklein (PK) and Ethan Weston
(PK). "Man of the Match" was Weston, impressive at center
midfield after Chris Cook cut his forehead and needed 16 stitches.