It didn't look like The Community School boys' soccer team had a prayer in the world after falling behind 6-3 to Gooding in Thursday's High Desert Soccer Conference game on the Browning Field pitch, Elkhorn.
But don't underestimate the pluck and firepower of the Cutthroats this season. They've scored 14 goals in only four games, compared to 31 goals in all of the 17 games last season.
The host Cutthroats tallied three goals in the second half and made things very interesting before falling just shy 7-6 to Gooding. "Man of the Match" of the action-packed goal fest was sophomore Cassidy Carson. Senior captain Tanner Flanigan had his 50th varsity goal.
It was another thrilling meeting between two schools that went 1-1-1 in three clashes last fall—culminating in Gooding's 2-1 victory over the Cutthroats in a first-round playoff game on the Senator pitch.
Carson tallied both of his goals in the first half for Sun Valley, his first tally coming on a pass from Flanigan. The other scorers for the home team were Flanigan, Tony Martin, Wyatt Bunce and Tyler Davis. The Cutthroats trailed 7-4 and scored the final two goals.
On Friday, visiting McCall-Donnelly handled the Cutthroats 4-1 on the Elkhorn field. Cassidy Carson scored the only goal for the Cutthroats (2-2-0, 1-1-0 league). "Man of the Match" was defender Zach Lindahl.
Cutthroat boys' and girls' teams played league games at Wendell Tuesday—the boys going against the reigning HDSC champions—and the Fish host Bliss Tuesday, Sept. 8 at Sagewillow Farms.
The Gooding boys were coming off a 2-1 home win over Wendell before their exciting triumph at Elkhorn Thursday.
First win for TCS girls
Senior Erica Eshman and junior Freya Dickey each scored three goals helping The Community School girls' varsity soccer team to its first win of the season, 11-0 over Gooding Thursday on the Elkhorn pitch.
Sophomore Hailey Rheinschild and freshman Ellie Swanson chipped in two goals apiece, and senior Nellie Brown added one for the Cutthroats (1-3-0, 1-1-0 league). On Friday, the Cutthroats dropped a 2-0 home non-league decision to McCall-Donnelly.