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For the week of October 8 - 14, 2003


Cutthroat unbeaten streak reaches seven

Showdown with Wood River looms

Relying on defense and timely scoring, The Community School boys' varsity soccer team stretched its unbeaten streak to seven games Monday with a 2-1 home win over Filer at Browning Field in Elkhorn.

"Man of the Match" Luc McCann heads home the insurance goal during Saturday’s 3-1 Community School boys’ soccer victory over American Falls Saturday at Browning Field in Elkhorn. McCann redirected a free kick into the box taken by Ash Higgins. Express photo by Willy Cook

Senior John Hayes (a team-high 10 goals season) tallied both Cutthroat goals against a hustling Filer team including his second game winner in the last three games. Coach Richard Whitelaw’s Cutthroats (7-1-2, 4-0-1 league) haven’t lost in a month.

With the win, The Community School (31-0-1, 215-22 scoring advantage in 32 games) remained unbeaten in league play over three seasons. And this year’s Cutthroat defense has yielded only 11 goals in 10 games.

More importantly, the Cutthroats kept their iron curtain intact with a league showdown against arch-rival Wood River looming on Monday, Oct. 13 at South Valley Sports Complex in Hailey. "And anything can happen in that one," Whitelaw said.

Wood River (9-3-1, 5-0 league) won an early-season match-up over the Cutthroats 5-1 at Browning Field, snapping a six-game winless skid in games against the Sun Valley power. But that was a non-conference game. Monday’s game counts in league.

So, the winner of Monday’s Cutthroat-Wolverine clash will take the top seed into the eight-team, single elimination tournament starting Saturday, Oct. 18 at the home fields of higher seeds. Championship game of the tourney is Thursday, Oct. 23.

Wood River leads the 21-season series 27-18-3 but has a 15-4-2 edge in games played in Hailey. The scoring is virtually a dead heat over 48 games—106 goals for Wood River and 105 scored by the Cutthroats.


Three Cutthroat wins

Whitelaw’s Cutthroat squad posted three wins recently.

John Hayes scored the game winner in the 76th minute lifting the Cutthroats to a 2-1 league victory over Magic Valley Christian (3-4-2) Thursday in Twin Falls.

The tight game was scoreless at the half. Bobby Flanigan ended the deadlock four minutes after intermission, then Michael Allen of MVC scored a penalty. "Man of the Match" was sweeper Ash Higgins.

Saturday at Browning Field, the Cutthroats outlasted a young and enthusiastic American Falls squad 3-1. Whitelaw was excited that his team tallied the decisive goals on set pieces in the second half.

A Hayes goal in the first half was equalized by the Beavers for a 1-1 tie at intermission, then a couple of free kicks served into the box by Ash Higgins led to the tie-breaking goals. On the first, Flanigan volleyed it home. Center midfielder Luc McCann headed home the insurance tally.

"Man of the Match," McCann was "everywhere," for the Cutthroats, Whitelaw said.

Monday against Filer, Hayes scored in the first half but the surprising Wildcats equalized with a penalty. Although the Cutthroats dominated the second half, the final 2-1 score wasn’t settled until Hayes struck 15 minutes from time.


Wood River goes 1-1

Coach Brian Daluiso’s Wolverines started their week with a 5-2 league triumph at Buhl last Tuesday.

Co-captain K.C. Rivera had a great offensive day with a three-goal hat trick while Maicol Corrales and Ted Dankanyin added singles.

It was 3-2 Wood River at the half, Rivera providing all the early goals before Corrales (21 goals) and Dankanyin put the lid on the favorable outcome.

Thursday, the Century Diamondbacks hammered Wood River in the second half and beat the visiting Hailey squad 2-1. Stopper Willie Meyers scored the only Wood River goal during the 1-1 first half.

Daluiso said, "It was one of our better first halves, but Century beat us to the ball after halftime."

Wood River travels to Twin Falls today, Wednesday. The Wolverines and Bruins played to a 4-4 tie in the season opener Sept. 2 on the Hailey pitch.

Still leading the Idaho 3A power poll is Payette (11-1), which has allowed only 6 goals in 12 games. The defending state champion Pirates beat #2-ranked McCall-Donnelly (9-1-2, 5.5 goals per game) by a 3-1 score Sept. 30 in Payette.



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