HS Roundup: Madison girls defend district title

At Rexburg, the Madison High School girls soccer team repeated as 5A District 5-6 champions with a 2-0 win over Highland—the same team the Bobcats faced for last year’s district championship—to clinch its spot in the 5A state soccer tournament.

Syd Thueson scored the Bobcats’ first goal on a free kick in the second half. Annalise Brunson added the second goal on a penalty kick.

The Bobcats (14-1-1) will begin the 5A state tournament Oct. 19 against the No. 3 seed out of District 3 at Rocky Mountain High School.

BONNEVILLE 3, HILLCREST 1: At Thunder Stadium, a pair of first half goals and a key save of a penalty kick in the second half were enough to propel the Bonneville High School girls soccer team into Saturday’s 5A District 5-6 winner-to-state game after defeating Hillcrest on Wednesday.

“I was absolutely happy with what I saw today,” Bees coach Amy Feik said. “There is room for improvement for sure, but we are happy to get to play one more game.”

Jackie Mendez scored the Bees first goal in the fifth minute. Holli Virgil scored the second just prior to halftime.

With the Knights trailing 2-1 midway through the second half, Bees goalie Kylee Landon made a save on a Knights penalty kick to keep the Bees one goal advantage.

“That save was huge,” Feik said. “Our senior goalie game up huge for us.”

Kennedy Hart added the Bees final goal in the 75th minute. Olivia McMurphy scored Hillcrest’s lone goal.

Bonneville (7-9-2) will take on Highland (10-4-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Pocatello with the winner advancing to the 5A state tournament. Hillcrest finishes the season 5-11-1.

4A District 5-6 tournament

SKYLINE 7, BLACKFOOT 3: At the Idaho Falls Soccer Complex, Katie Nawrocki scored a pair of goals and recorded three assists as the Grizzlies preserved their season with a 7-3 win over Blackfoot.

Nawrocki assisted on the Grizzlies’ first goal scored by Haley Mickelson in the 13th minute. She added her second assist in the 27th minute on Bailey Johnson’s goal. Sandwiched between those was a Brea Danklefsen goal in the 25th minute with Johnson recording the assist.

Emily Stuart added a goal in the 29th minute on a Mickelson assist. Two minutes later Danklefsen scored with Nawrocki providing the assist.

Nawrocki scored her goals in the 33rd and 50th minutes.

Skyline (11-3-2) will play at Preston (8-10-1), which lost 1-0 in overtime to Century in Wednesday’s 4A District 5-6 championship game, at 1 p.m. in a winner-to-state game. Blackfoot ends its season 7-10-1.

Boys soccer

4A District 5-6 tournament

IDAHO FALLS 3, PRESTON 1: At the Idaho Falls Soccer Complex, Idaho Falls overcame an early deficit to defeat Preston in an elimination game.

Joseph Harris scored both of the Tigers’ first half goals to help propel his team to victory.

“Joseph played a good game for us today,” Tigers head coach Ryan Cook said. “He had a pair of good looking goals. They were really well struck.”

The Tigers led 2-1 at halftime. Vitor Silva scored the final goal of the match on a penalty kick.

“I wanted nothing more than to tell the kids we are practicing tomorrow,” Cook said. “And when I said it after the game, the boys cheered.”

Idaho Falls (8-7-1) plays Saturday at 1 p.m. at Century (10-4-5) in a winner-to-state game.

5A District 5-6 boys tournament

MADISON 3, HIGHLAND 0: At Rexburg, Madison preserved its season with a 3-0 win over Highland.

Jacob Christensen got the Bobcats on the board first. Jose Perez scored goal number two and Tim Jack scored the final goal for the Bobcats. All three goals came in the first half.

Madison (6-8-2) travels to Rigby (10-7-0) on Saturday for a 1 p.m. winner-to-state game.