The Community School's girls' varsity soccer team is bound for the State 3A tournament after shutting out Declo 10-0 at home Tuesday afternoon to capture its fifth consecutive state tournament berth.
Ross Mills (6 goals season) recorded a hat trick and Sara Berman (7 goals) and Hannah Hennessy (7 goals) scored two goals apiece as the Cutthroats beat the Hornets to take the Fourth District 3A league title for the second straight year.
Mills, a junior, started the scoring onslaught in the game's opening moments by splitting two Declo defenders and drilling a shot in the left corner of the net. Berman, also a junior, scored the game's second goal less than a minute later.
The Community School (8-6) led 4-0 at the half en route to their fourth straight victory.
Alexis DuPont, Devyn Parnes and Katie Rothgeb also picked up goals to help lift the top-seeded Cutthroats over #3-seeded Declo for the third time this season. The Community School beat the Hornets 8-2 and 6-1 during the regular season.
"We were fired up," Cutthroat head coach Kelly Feldman said after the game. "It was good to score a lot of goals and get our confidence up before state."
The Community School will play either Teton or Shelley in the opening round of the state tournament Oct. 27 at the Capital Soccer Complex in Boise.
Senior captain Caitlin Enright, who broke her arm against Wood River earlier this month but continues to play, anchored the defense, which didn't allow a shot on sophomore goalie Jean Montgomery.
The shutout was the Cutthroats' third straight after beating Buhl 2-0 last week and Wendell 5-0 in the opening round of the league tournament last Saturday. They've outscored opponents 17-0 in the last three games.
But despite an unyielding defense, Feldman said the unit needs some polishing.
"We've been focusing heavily on offense," Feldman said, adding that as a result the defense has slipped a bit over the past few weeks. "A lot of times, that's just what happens. We have a week—we'll fix it."
The Cutthroats were perfect in the league this season at 8-0, outscoring league foes 45-3, but have struggled out of the district and against bigger schools, winning just one game and losing six. Feldman's team finished third in the state tournament two years ago and lost in the consolation round last season.
This year, "We're shooting for the (state title)," Feldman said. "State is always tough, but we've played with all these teams—it can go either way."