You’ve got to win on the road to be successful in Idaho high school soccer.
Chalk up a success for the Community School boys’ soccer team. It collected a pair of morale-boosting road wins Friday and Saturday in McCall.
“Two fine results,” said Cutthroat coach Richard Whitelaw. “McCall isn’t as strong as in years past, but it was a confidence booster for our players. As always, McCall made our players feel welcome and were wonderful hosts.”
Whitelaw’s Cutthroats, last year’s State 3A consolation champions when they were unbeaten in eight of nine road games, took care of the host McCall-Donnelly Vandals 3-0 and 3-1 in a pair of early-season non-conference games.
This year’s Cutthroats (3-1-1, 1-1-1 league, 3-1-1 road) got a commanding performance in the midfield from senior co-captain Ben Kanellitsas Friday evening and posted their second straight shutout. Whitelaw’s “Man of the Match” Kanellitsas, freshman Tom Gillespie and Will Harder scored.
On Saturday, freshman Jay Fitzgerald rose to the occasion with his own dominant midfield effort and also scored his first varsity goal in the 3-1 victory. Senior Mason Noyes and sophomore Harder added goals. McCall fell to 0-3-0 on the year.
Monday at Gooding, the Cutthroats took a 2-0 lead on goals by Logan Shipley and Cameron Jenner, but the Senators scored two late goals for a 2-2 tie. The Senators (1-0-2), last year’s conference runner-up, had tied Buhl 3-3 last Wednesday and also beat Wendell 4-2 Aug. 20.
The Cutthroat boys hosted reigning High Desert Soccer Conference champ Filer Wildcats (0-3-0, 0-2-0 league) Tuesday for their first home game of the season at Browning Field. Filer had lost 4-0 to Wendell, 13-0 to Jerome and 2-1 to Bliss.
McCall sweeps Cutthroats
The reigning State 3A tournament girls’ champions from McCall-Donnelly swept two non-league games from the visiting Cutthroat girls 4-2 and 4-1 Friday and Saturday in McCall.
Scoring the two goals Friday were freshmen Lilly Jenner (assisted by senior co-captain Taylor Figge) and Emily Siegel (assisted by senior co-captain Ellie Swanson). Jenner tallied the lone goal on Saturday.
Assistant coach Erika Connelly said about the McCall games, “It was great to see the freshmen step up and make an impact. McCall is a talented team but I’m glad we played them early in the season so we realize what we need to work on if we see them at state.”
McCall-Donnelly (2-1-0) opened its season Aug. 17 with a 6-0 loss to last year’s Idaho 5A tournament champion Rocky Mountain of Meridian.
On Monday, the Cutthroat girls (3-2-0, 3-0-0 league) posted their third road shutout in three High Desert Soccer Conference games with an 8-0 success at Gooding. Goal scorers were Swanson (2), Hayley Murach, Hannah Dies, Lena Perenchio, Katie Feldman, Emi Carr and Jenner.
Tuesday, the Cutthroats had their first home game with Filer (1-1-1, 1-0-1 league). The Wildcats came in with a 1-0 win over Wendell, 2-2 tie with Bliss and 5-0 loss to Jerome.