Friday, October 10, 2014

Cutthroat boys capture HDSC season title

Girls, boys host soccer tourney games Monday

Express Staff Writer

     The Community School boys’ and girls’ soccer teams have both earned their High Desert Soccer Conference regular-season titles and will each host second-round tournament games Monday, Oct. 13 at Sagewillow Farms.

     Coach Richard Whitelaw’s Cutthroats needed a win or tie in their regular-season finale Wednesday against their chief rival, Wendell. And they got it when Jay Fitzgerald scored the equalizer in stoppage time for a 1-1 draw at Wendell.

     The result gave the Cutthroats their first regular-season HDSC title in seven years. Now they’ll try to achieve the school’s first HDSC tourney championship since 2007 by taking the top seed into the seven-team meet.

     Whitelaw said about Wednesday’s clash of HDSC leaders, “Definitely an instant classic. Wendell scored in the 40th minute on a penalty kick. We dominated the second half completely, hit the crossbar and had a goal disallowed.

     “Well into stoppage time, a long ball out of the back from Jack Swanson was flicked on by Johnny Blackburn. It went to Jay Fitzgerald who ran in behind the defenders, one-on-one with the goalkeeper, and slotted the ball in off the right hand post.

     “Brilliant, jubiliant scenes ensued.”

     The Cutthroats (12-3-1, 10-1-1 league, 31 points) earned home field advantage throughout the tournament with Wendell (9-0-3, 28 points) settling for second place.

     Wendell and the Community School could meet again Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 4:30 p.m. for the tournament championship at Browning Field at Sagewillow Farms.

     That scenario would be created if the Cutthroats advance Monday past the winner of Saturday’s first-round game between No. 4 Filer (7-8-1, 5-6-1) and No. 5  Buhl (5-8-2, 4-7-1).

     Last year’s HDSC runner-up Wendell to reach the final needs to beat No. 7 Declo (0-12-0) Saturday and then get past the winner of No. 3 Gooding (7-5-2, 7-4-1) and No. 6 Bliss (3-8-1) on Monday. Gooding lost at home to Filer 2-1 Wednesday but is the two-time defending State 3A tourney champion.

     At stake are two automatic berths for the first- and second-place teams to the State 3A tournament Oct. 23-25 at SunWay, Twin Falls. Wendell beat the Cutthroats 6-1 for last year’s State 3A consolation title in Caldwell.


CS girls beat Wendell 5-1

     Ella Viesturs (3 goals), Hannah Conn and Autumn Fluetsch scored for the Cutthroat girls in their 5-1 HDSC win at Wendell that ended the girls’ regular season Wednesday.

     Credited with assists were Sara Runkel, Viesturs and Sydney Hagenbuch. “Player of the Game” was Ellie Polk.

     The top-seeded Cutthroats (10-2-2, 10-0-2 league, 32 points) finished unbeaten in their last nine games and will host a second-round tourney game Monday at 4:30 p.m. against the winner of Saturday’s game between No. 4 Filer (8-7-0, 6-6-0) and No. 5 Buhl (6-8-1, 5-6-1).

     Second-seeded Bliss (9-1-2), a 5-0 home winner over Buhl Wednesday, will likely host No. 3 Gooding (6-3-3) on Monday—that winner advancing to meet the Community School vs. Filer/Buhl winner Wednesday for league championship.

     The Community School girls are seeking their sixth straight HDSC tournament title but should be challenged by Bliss. The Cutthroats won the first meeting 2-1 in Sun Valley, and tied 1-1 at Bliss. Both contenders are aiming for berths in the State 3A tourney Oct. 23 in Twin Falls.

     Cutthroat coach Kelly Feldman corrected her team’s scoring from its 6-0 win at Filer Monday to give two goals apiece to Viesturs, Kate Rathfon and Molly Milgard.

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