Wood River High School sophomore soccer star Sam Johnson liked the intensity of last weekend's Idaho State Soccer Cup tournament in Boise. She also liked the results of her Les Bois United team competing in the U16 girls' division.
Playing right defense and playing all three games for her team, 16-year-old Johnson helped Les Bois United to the state championship Monday. Coach Michael Mollay's Les Bois United squad scored at 60 minutes and nipped Boise Blast Blue 1-0 in the title game.
Johnson, in her first State Cup tourney, said Boise Blast Blue applied tons of pressure in the final 20 minutes trying for the equalizer that never came. She said, "It was very intense. The tournament was everything I hoped it would be. It's a high level of soccer. Our team put a lot of heart into it."
Les Bois United opened Saturday with an 8-0 trouncing of Moscow United and nipped Boise Capital Soccer Club 2-1 Sunday in a very physical contest. "It was like a football game. Three of our players got hurt," Johnson said.
With its state championship, Les Bois United qualified for Far West Regionals at Las Vegas, Nev. June 18-24. As a tune-up the girls will play in the Les Bois Cup June 9 in Boise. Johnson travels to Boise from the Wood River Valley to practice with Les Bois United three or four times a week.