Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cutthroats, Wendell meet again on pitch

High Desert season title at stake today

Community School junior defender Garrett Rawlings (right) completes a slide tackle on Gooding junior Brandon Casanas during the 4-0 Cut-throat victory Oct. 1 at Browning Field in Elkhorn. Photo by Roland Lane

     Wendell’s Trojans and the Community School, the top two boys’ teams in the High Desert Soccer Conference, will meet for the second time this season today, Wednesday, Oct. 8 with the HDSC regular-season title at stake.

     Coach Richard Whitelaw’s Cutthroats (12-3-0, 10-1-0 league, 30 points) are in the catbird seat for today’s 5:45 p.m. regular-season finale at Wendell (9-0-2, 27 points).

     That’s because the Cutthroats need only a win or a tie to clinch their first HDSC season title since 2007.

     Wendell won the first meeting 2-1 at Sun Valley on Sept. 15. Since, the Cutthroats have ripped off five straight HDSC shutout victories by a combined 32-0 margin.

     The latest success was an 8-0 romp at Filer (6-8-1, 4-6-1, 13 points) on Monday.

     Leading scorer Jay Fitzgerald (28 goals season, 58 career) scored his fifth three-goal hat trick of the season and has now scored at least once in 14 of 15 games this fall, and in 29 of 37 games over two Cutthroat campaigns.

     Other goal scorers at Filer were Dehner Figge (2), Roger Figge, Tom Gillespie and midfielder Keegan Whitelaw, who scored in his 50th varsity start. Whitelaw’s “Man of the Match” was senior defender Perry Boyle.

     Last Thursday, the Cutthroats made it eight shutouts this season for senior goalkeeper Willis Sanchez-duPont by winning 3-0 at Bliss. Sanchez-duPont was selected as the “Man of the Match.”

     Scoring on a windy evening were Fitzgerald, Dehner Figge and Roger Figge.

     By winning or drawing with Wendell today, the Cutthroats will have earned a first-round bye for the upcoming seven-team HDSC tournament and won’t have to play Saturday, Oct. 11 in the first round at SunWay Soccer Complex in Twin Falls.

     In that case, the Cutthroats would stay home this weekend and prepare for a home tournament game Monday, Oct. 13 against the winner of Saturday’s first-round contest between Filer and Buhl (5-7-2, 4-6-1, 13 points).

     A Wendell victory over the Cutthroats today would give Whitelaw’s squad the No. 2 seed and a tournament date with No. 7 Declo (0-12-0) Saturday in Twin Falls.

     That scenario would also likely set up a rematch between the Cutthroats and No. 3 Gooding (7-4-2, 7-3-1, 22 points) Monday, Oct. 13 on the Browning Field pitch. Championship game is set for Wednesday, Oct. 15.

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