The Community School boys' soccer team dug a hole too deep, and the girls' team never got going, on the first day of the state 3A soccer tournaments in Meridian
Coach Richard Whitelaw's Cutthroat boys fell behind 3-0 in the first 10 minutes of their opening round game against McCall-Donnelly. Trailing 4-0 10 minutes into the second half, the Cutthroats stormed back with three goals but couldn't get the equalizer.
Meanwhile, on a nearby field, coach Kelly Feldman's Cutthroat girls could never crack the quick senior-filled defense of the Marsh Valley Eagles. The Cutthroats managed only three shots for the entire game.
The losses dashed Cutthroat hopes for both boys' (15-3-1) and girls' (9-3-2) state championships. Both teams could still grab consolation bracket championships, if they win today and Saturday.
Thursday's outcome pushed the Cutthroat boys into a loser-out contest against the Weiser Wolverines today at 9:30 a.m. Weiser was a 3-2 double-overtime loser to Teton in another Thursday game.
Other Thursday boys' results were Bliss 4-3 over Aberdeen and Sugar-Salem 2-1 over Bonners Ferry.
The Cutthroat girls will play Shelley on Friday at 9:30 a.m. Orofino defeated Shelley 1-0 Thursday.
In other girls' games, McCall-Donnelly blanked Buhl 4-0 and Teton nipped Fruitland 2-1.
In the Community School boys' game, McCall-Donnelly shot the Cutthroats early by scoring twice in the first six minutes of the game. Both points came on passes from junior Matthew Fronk to sophomore Sam Rainey, who scored his third goal at the 10 minute mark making it 3-0.
The Cutthroats missed a penalty kick just before halftime.
In the second half, Chase Millemann scored on a 22-yard shot to give McCall-Donnelly a 4-0 lead.
The Cutthroats then mounted their comeback. Ryon Campbell punched in a direct kick by Alden Remington at 58 minutes. Leading scorer Travis Stone, playing on a tender ankle, scored after a cross pass from after Tanner Flanigan at 67 minutes. Then Stone hit a penalty kick at 72 minutes.
But it was too little too late.
"The better team won, but I was very disappointed with our effort," said Whitelaw. "McCall was ready to play and we were asleep."
Whitelaw said he was encourage by the second half comeback, and lauded the play of Remington, Campbell and Connor Brown.