The Shelley High School girls soccer team is one win away from its first state title after a dominating performance in Friday’s 3A state semifinals.
The Russets (17-2-0) scored three times in the first 38 minutes and added another in the second half to earn a 4-2 win over Weiser at Vallivue High School. Shelley advances to today’s championship game, where it will face defending champion Coeur d’Alene Charter (16-0-1) at 10 a.m. This is Shelley’s first state title game appearance since 2008, when it placed second to Fruitland.
Shelley wasted little time Friday, getting a goal from Brie Stumbo in the first minute.
“I think that kind of surprised (Weiser),” Shelley coach Jim Gregory said.
Weiser answered with a goal of its own before Abbey Crandall gave the Russets another lead in the 16th minute. Weiser answered again, and Shelley responded again on a goal from Eden Anderson in the 38th minute.
The Russets never trailed again.
Daniela Quintero-Reyes added a goal in the 54th minute and Shelley cruised home.
Now Gregory said his Russets are ready for the defending champs.
“We’re feeling good and excited for the opportunity,” he said. “That’s the feeling I’m getting from the girls.”
BORAH 2, HILLCREST 1: At Eagle High School, Hillcrest couldn’t quite hold onto its first-half lead and fell to Borah in a 5A state semifinal game.
The Knights grabbed a 1-0 lead early in the game when Jackson Monk’s 40-yard free kick fooled the keeper and found the back of the net. But Borah tied the game with 10 minutes left in the half, then jumped ahead on Ahmed Ibrahimovic’s 25-yard free kick in the 67th minute.
Hillcrest coach Bryan Johnston said his team had some chances over the final minutes but couldn’t find the equalizer.
“We had some opportunities,” Johnston said. “I’m proud of the boys. They played a little nervous, but they played well. You’ll take young men who will fight through the nerves and the frustration.”
The Knights (13-2-3) now face District 3 regular season and district champion Boise (16-2-1) in the third-place game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Eagle.
“We can still come back with hardware,” Johnston said. “We’ve represented ourself well but we’re not done.”
MADISON 2, ROCKY MOUNTAIN 1: At Eagle High School, Madison won its first state soccer game since 2002, preserving its season in a consolation bracket game against Rocky Mountain. No further details were available.
The Bobcats (8-9-0) face Mountain View at 10 a.m. today at Eagle High School. in the consolation final.
BLACKFOOT 3, BURLEY 2: At Caldwell, Blackfoot shook off a first-round loss and a sluggish performance to beat Burley and earn a spot in Saturday’s consolation final.
“We played better (Thursday) and lost than we did today and we won,” Blackfoot coach Liam Pope said. “We didn’t have it today. But from that respect you have to tip your hat to the boys that on a day when they didn’t have it and didn’t play well they found a way to win.”
Coque Velasquez put Blackfoot up late in the first half, but Burley scored twice early in the second to go ahead. Daniel Martinez tied the game and Velasquez added his second goal with about 15 minutes left.
The Broncos (17-1-0) play District 5-6 rival Idaho Falls for the consolation title at 10 a.m. at Brothers Park in Caldwell.
IDAHO FALLS 3, SKYVIEW 2: At Caldwell, Idaho Falls rallied from a 2-1 deficit to earn a win over defending champion Skyview in a loser-out game at Brothers Park.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead when Josh Burtenshaw converted a corner kick from Demitri Fried Ochoa. But Skyview scored twice in the first five minutes of the second half and looked to be in command.
“We could have quit or fought,” Idaho Falls coach Ryan Cook said, “and we fought.”
Jameson Lee sent a pass to Jo Jo Harris, who took the ball of the bounce and half-volleyed a rocket into the back of the net. Harris then netted the game-winner with a left-footed shot from 20 yards.
“The boys really played well,” Cook said.
The Tigers (10-8-1) play district rival Blackfoot for the consolation title at 10 a.m. today.
“The boys are excited for that opportunity,” Cook said.
SUGAR-SALEM 3, MCCALL-DONNELLY 1: At Vallivue High School, Sugar-Salem bounced back from its first loss of the season to beat McCall-Donnelly and keep its season alive. No other details were available.
The Diggers (18-1-0) will play Bonners Ferry for the consolation title at 10 a.m. Saturday.
BONNERS FERRY 2, TETON 1: At Vallivue High School, defending state champion Teton was eliminated by Bonners Ferry in a consolation bracket game. No further details were available.
Teton concludes the season 10-5-0.
BLISS 5, SNAKE RIVER 1: At Vallivue High School, Snake River’s state title hopes were dashed in a blowout loss to Bliss. No other details were available.
The Panthers (9-9-1) face Community School for the third-place trophy at 1 p.m. at Vallivue.
BORAH 4, MADISON 2 : At Meridian High School, Madison made it a two-goal game in the second half before being eliminated by Borah in a consolation bracket game.
The Bobcats trailed 3-0 at halftime. Lizzy Gehmlich scored in the 58th minute to make it 3-1 and Borah responded six minutes later with a goal from Ciara Welsh. Hannah Bolingbroke scored for the Bobcats in the 67th for what would be the final goal of the game.
Madison ends the season 14-3-1.
TWIN FALLS 5, SKYLINE 1: At Brothers Park, Caldwell, Twin Falls rolled to a victory over Skyline in a loser-out game. No other details were available.
The Grizzlies finished the season 12-5-2.
COMMUNITY SCHOOL 3, SUGAR-SALEM 2: At Vallivue High School, Community School held off Sugar-Salem in an elimination game. No other details were available.
Sugar-Salem finished the season 16-3-1.