Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fluky goal helps Buhl blank Cutthroat boys 1-0

Sun Valley girls tie Tribe 1-1

Community School defenders Tim Kanellitsas (at left) and Zach Lindahl (right) try to thwart a Canyon Ridge attack during the Sept. 10 non-league game won by the Riverhawks 2-1 at Browning Field. Express photo by Roland Lane.

Buhl coach Bill Fields called it a "bizarre goal," a real head-scratcher.

Community School coach Richard Whitelaw agreed, saying it was a "fluky goal," one you couldn't duplicate if you tried a thousand times.

That's what settled Thursday's High Desert Soccer Conference showdown between the Buhl and Community School Cutthroat boys at Browning Field, Elkhorn. Buhl prevailed 1-0 on a sailing ball that had its own mind at 24 minutes.

From just inside the midfield line, Buhl senior Gustavo Magana chased down a ball and tried to kick it ahead for an attack. Cutthroat junior defender Calder Zarkos challenged Magana and blocked the kick. Magana's kick was struck crisply. The ball ricocheted up into the air with a tremendous amount of velocity and topspin.

Unbelievably, the ball kept sailing toward the Cutthroat goal and still had enough propulsion to climb over the head of 6-5 Cutthroat senior goalkeeper Tom Crosby. "Bizarre—right over the top of Tom's head. Nothing he could have done," said Whitelaw.

Crosby (9 saves, 5 after half) did plenty in the second half with a series of outstanding saves to stymie Buhl odd-man counterattacks. He robbed Buhl senior Daniel Soria on three close-range shots as the Tribe (14 shots) peppered the Cutthroats with eight shots after intermission.

Although the Cutthroats (12 shots, 7 second half) had their chances including good ones by Will Harder, Cassidy Carson and Will Brokaw, they couldn't get one past Buhl sophomore keeper Alvaro Peralta (7 saves).

"We can play better," said Whitelaw. "We didn't create much."

"Man of the Match" was senior midfielder Tim Kanellitsas.

Buhl (4-0-3, 3-0-2, 4 shutouts in 7 games) moved to the top of the league based on its 1-0 win and 1-1 tie with the Cutthroats (4-2-2, 4-1-1).

Whitelaw's squad left the field with five league games remaining including Tuesday's home match with Declo. The Cutthroats host reigning State 3A champion Wendell (1-5-1, 1-4-1) Thursday, Sept. 22 and visit Bliss (1-5) Friday.

Girls settle for 1-1 draw

Although coach Kelly Feldman said her Cutthroat girls dominated the game with 15 shots, the home team settled for a 1-1 tie with Buhl Thursday at Browning Field in the second match-up of the season between the HDSC frontrunners. Buhl won the first meeting 4-3 on its home field Aug. 23.

Sophomore Hannah Dies (10 goals season, 29 career) scored her team's only goal off a Hailey Rheinschild corner kick 37 minutes into the first half. Tyana Weaver tallied the goal for Buhl (7-0-2, 6-0-1). The Cutthroats (7-2-1, 5-1-1) stayed three points behind Buhl for the top league ranking.

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