Community School freshman Sophie Nasvik boots the ball during her team’s 7-0 High Des-ert home win over Buhl Thurs-day on the Sagewillow Farms field in Elkhorn.
Express photo by Roland Lane
As Community School ath-letic director and boys’ soccer coach Richard Whitelaw suc-cinctly put it, 2-0 was a popular score Friday when Cutthroat and Wood River Wolverine prep soccer teams squared off for three soccer games on a beautiful fall day.
- Getting second-half goals by senior Jordan Fitzgerald (penalty kick) and sophomore Lilly Jenner, the unbeaten Cut-throat girls defeated Wood River 2-0 at South Valley Sports Complex soccer field in Hailey.
It was the first Cutthroat win over Wood River since 2002, only the fourth Commu-nity School girls’ victory in the 25-game series dating back to 1993, and the first Cutthroat shutout over Wood River in 17 years.
Cutthroat coach Kelly Feld-man’s “Players of the Game” were senior defender Erin Hennessy and freshman Kate Rathfon. The speed of sopho-more forward Samantha Busby was a key factor throughout the game, and it helped set up the decisive penalty kick.
Sophomore goalkeeper Olivia Ott (9 saves) was strong between the pipes. The Cut-throat defense was solid with Hennessy, sophomore Emily Siegel, and juniors Sydney Hagenbuch and Sara Runkel matching the speed of Wolver-ine attackers.
The Cutthroats (8-0-0, 7-0-0 High Desert Soccer Conference) resume action Tuesday, Oct. 1 at home against Declo, starting earlier than normal at 4 p.m.
Feldman’s team has out-scored opponents 55-1 and boasts seven shutouts in eight games. That includes Thurs-day’s 7-0 home win over Buhl.
Scoring goals in that High Desert league victory over Buhl were Hannah Dies (2), Fitz-gerald, Katie Feldman, Hannah Conn, Isabelle Caraluzzi and Autumn Fluetsch.
- Friday at Browning Field in Elkhorn, the Wood River High School boys’ varsity soc-cer team defeated the Commu-nity School Cutthroats 2-0.
Providing goals were top scorer Zac Miczulski (6 goals) in the seventh minute and by sophomore Danny Graves in the 19th minute, assisted by senior Stephen Pfeiffer.
Wood River coach Luis Mon-jaras said, “Great game on our part. The boys were very solid on the ground attack. They moved the ball very consis-tently. Overall we were just too fast and strong for them.”
Coach Whitelaw, who named Trenor Gould and Tom Gilles-pie as his “Men of the Match,” said about his Cutthroats, “The ‘lads’ put up a valiant fight against. They, however, were bigger, stronger, faster and up 2-0 after 20 minutes.
“They came out strong and were so quick to the ball. We did not have time to dilly-dally. A fair result overall. A better performance from us in the second half, not a lot of chances for either team but we did hit the crossbar twice. The game was played mainly between the two penalty boxes.
“After Thursday’s important 2-0 win over Buhl, I was im-pressed that every player hus-tled all game. Dehner Figge and Johnny Blackburn have a won-derful future ahead of them. As freshmen, they virtually played the entire game. Super effort though. Big crowd, excellent barbecue, life is good.
“We will get them next year. They started eight seniors, we started one!”
It was the first meeting of the two soccer teams in five years and, remarkably, the 2-0 result put the number of goals scored by each team in the 26-season, 56-game series at 113 goals for the Cutthroats and 113 goals for the Wolverines. The teams are tied 13-13-1 in games played on the Cutthroat home field.
The Cutthroats (8-2-1, 5-1-1 league) will host Declo Tues-day, Oct. 1 at 5:45 p.m. Scoring goals in Thursday’s 2-0 home win over Buhl were Jay Fitz-gerald and Roger Figge. “Man of the Match” was goalkeeper Willis Sanchez-duPont as the Cutthroats joined defending state champion Gooding in first place in the High Desert.
- In another Friday game at Browning Field, the Cutthroat boys’ junior varsity soccer team defeated Wood River’s JV 2-0 on goals by Tanner Josey and Henry Everitt.