The Community School boys' soccer team completed its first rotation through the High Desert Soccer Conference in style Tuesday. The Cutthroats traveled to beat reigning State 3A champion Wendell 2-1 on two goals by Hunter Weaver.
Sharing coach Richard Whitelaw's "Man of the Match" honor were Cassidy Carson and Colin Waycott. Goalkeeper Tom Crosby made four saves as Wendell (1-4-1, 1-3-1) fell in the league standings.
Whitelaw's squad (4-1-2, 4-0-1 league) remained unbeaten in the HDSC and looked forward to the second half of the fall league campaign that started Thursday with a home game against the Buhl Tribe (4-0-3, 3-0-2). A 3-2 winner over Bliss Tuesday, Buhl has tied the Community School at home 1-1 and has also tied Gooding 1-1.
Coach Kelly Feldman's Cutthroat girls (7-2-0, 5-1-0 league) stretched their winning streak to seven games Tuesday with their fourth straight shutout victory, 6-0 at Wendell (0-4-1). Goal scorers were Hannah Dies (2), Whitney Engelmann, Gabi Perenchio, Maddie Caraluzzi and Ellie Swanson, who officially became the Cutthroat all-time top scorer with 52 goals.
The Cutthroats took 44 shots for their six goals. Credited with assists were Allison Fluetsch, Dies and Perenchio.
With the victory, Feldman said her team was looking forward to Thursday's rematch with Buhl (7-0-1, 6-0-0 league). Buhl, showing only a 1-1 tie with Marsh Valley, had a close call Tuesday, winning 4-3 at Bliss. The Tribe defeated the Cutthroats by the same 4-3 score Aug. 23 in Buhl.
Wood River boys tie 1-1, girls win 4-0 with Jerome
The Wood River High School boys' varsity settled for a 1-1 Great Basin Conference draw with Jerome Wednesday when Tiger junior Eric Mendoza snuck behind the Wolverine defense for the equalizer in the 61st minute. Liam Jablonski's bending corner kick had given Wood River a 1-0 lead at half.
Out-shooting Jerome 6-3 after half, Wood River had four golden chances to score, two on headers by Zack Freeman and Trevor Brand, the other two on solo attacks by Zac Miczulski and Alex Lopez. But Jerome keeper Jorge Baeza made big saves. So did senior Dylan Carey (7 saves) of Wood River.
Wood River (4-3-1, 3-2-1 league) stayed atop the six-school league, followed by Minico (5-2-2, 3-0-2), Burley (3-4-1, 2-2-1) and Jerome (4-1-3, 1-1-3). Minico and Burley played to a 0-0 draw Wednesday, while Twin Falls (1-5-2, 1-3-1) won 3-2 over Canyon Ridge (6-4-0, 1-4-0).
At Jerome, the Wood River girls (7-1-1, 5-0-1 league) got two goals apiece from freshman Timber Kelly and senior Sloan Storey (7 goals season, 23 career) in a 4-0 league victory. It was Wood River's fifth shutout in nine games. The Wolverines host Canyon Ridge on Monday.