Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Soccer girls ready for league tourneys

Cutthroats and Wolverines open Saturday

Community School sophomore Hannah Dies gets off a shot as Gooding players, from left, Daniela Mendez, Meghan Hurd and Amanda Richards look on. Action took place during Monday’s 8-1 Cutthroat win. Photo by Willy Cook

The quest for berths in the State 3A and 4A girls' soccer tournaments begins Saturday, Oct. 8 in Twin Falls for the Community School and Wood River High School girls' teams.

Coach Kelly Feldman's Cutthroats are the defending champions of the High Desert Soccer Conference. But this year there's a logjam at the top of the seven-team league that probably won't be settled until Thursday's season finale.

That's when league-leading Buhl (9-1-3, 8-1-1) visits the Bliss Bears (8-3-1, 8-2-1). Any number of twists and turns could affect the top three teams. Only the league's regular-season winner ends up with a bye Saturday on the tournament's opening day.

The Cutthroats held up their end of the bargain Monday.

All-time leading scorer Ellie Swanson (53 goals) confirmed that lofty status Monday with her third three-goal hat trick of the season in her team's 8-1 home league win over Gooding.

Gabi Perenchio (1 assist) added two goals as the Cutthroats stayed unbeaten in the last nine games. Single goals came from Taylor Figge (1 assist), Hayley Murach and Josie Allison. Hannah Dies and Jordan Fitzgerald added assists.

The Cutthroats (9-4-1, 8-2-1 league) tried to achieve the school's fifth straight 10-win season and seventh in school history Tuesday during the regular-season finale at another league contender in the Filer Wildcats (5-8-0, 5-5-0).


Wood River goes in as No. 2

A tiebreaking coin toss hasn't been friendly to the Wood River High School girls' soccer team the past two years.

For the second straight year the Twin Falls Bruins have won a coin toss with Wood River to earn the No. 1 seed in the six-team Great Basin Conference tournament. The single elimination consolation tournament starts Thursday, Oct. 6 with two first-round games.

Only the winner automatically advances to the State 4A tournament Oct. 20 in Caldwell.

Wood River (10-2-2, 8-0-2 league) wrapped up its regular-season slate Saturday with a 3-0 loss to highly regarded Highland in Pocatello. Meanwhile, Twin Falls (9-3-2, 8-0-2) whipped Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls by a 7-0 score in its finale Monday.

No. 3 Burley (3-11-1, 3-6-1) will play No. 6 Minico (1-12-1, 1-8-1) Thursday at Burley, with the winner advancing to play Wood River Saturday at 2 p.m. at Sunway Soccer Complex in Twin Falls. Minico won its first game 2-1 over Burley Monday.

In Saturday's 12 noon tournament game at Sunway, Twin Falls will meet the winner of Thursday's clash between No. 4 Jerome (4-7-2, 3-6-1) and No. 5 Canyon Ridge (5-8-1, 2-7-1).

If Twin Falls and Wood River win those semi-final contests Saturday, they will clash for the championship and state trip Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the same Sunway Soccer Complex. The loser of that game has to win a state play-in game Saturday, Oct. 15 at Sunway against a Boise-area squad.

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