At Middleton High School, the Shelley High School girls soccer team hung with defending state champion Coeur d’Alene before falling 1-0 in the 3A state championship game.
The teams entered halftime 0-0, which remained unchanged until Coeur d’Alene Charter scored in the 65th minute. The goal proved to be the game-winner.
“We just attack wise couldn’t make the comeback to score and tie it or get the go ahead goals,” Shelley coach Jim Gregory said.
The second-place finish ties a program best for Shelley (16-4-0). The Russets also placed second in 2008.
Shelley graduates seven — Brittney Baron, Eden Anderson, Abbey Crandall, Brie Stumbo, Jazmin Romero, Suzette Vega and Emma Stohl — all of whom have contributed to three consecutive district championships and state tournament appearances and Gregory described as “extremely dedicated.” He said he is also excited to see where underclassmen like sophomores Kaysha Sadovich and Daniela Quintero-Reyes (three goals in the tournament) and junior Jenna Tenerowicz will take the program.
Gregory said the Russets also received the Sportsmanship Award for the 3A girls soccer tournament on Saturday, and he spoke with his players about their accomplishments after the game.
“To get the sportsmanship award and second place says a lot about their character,” Gregory said. “They’re a hard working bunch of young ladies. We applauded that as coaches for how hard they worked. I told them you can clearly hold your heads high. It’s not just a team. It’s like a family. That’s a real key to their success and their accomplishments.”
HILLCREST 2, BOISE 0: At Eagle High School, Hillcrest ended its season with a shutout win over 2016 state champion Boise to earn the state third place trophy.
It is the second state trophy in program history for the Knights, who also played third in 2009 as a 4A school.
The Knights (14-2-3) scored both their goals late in the game. The first was by Nasim Fredj off a corner kick by Caleb Speirs in the 70th minute. Five minutes later, Boise took a penalty kick for a would-be equalizer and Hillcrest keeper Ethan Hatch stuffed it.
“The Boise kid took it hard laser beamed it to his right and Ethan left his feet and just stretched all the way out,” Johnston said. “The defense knocked it out for a throw in. There were big, big plays today.”
In the last two minutes, Boise brought everyone forward in attempts to tie the game. The Braves keeper was at midfield and Baylor Hancock chased down a ball past him, sending it into the empty net in the 80th for the final goal of the game.
Johnston said his entire back line — Speirs, Colsen Mangeris, Jackson Monk and Jose Martinez — played “lights out” for the entire three-day tournament. While his team was disappointed they didn’t make the championship game, Johnston said the trophy was a tribute to the work of several people in his 18 seasons as Hillcrest coach.
“We’re one of only four 5A programs in the entire state to bring home a state trophy,” Johnston said. “All credit to these boys and honestly all the boys over the years and my assistant coaches. They worked hard and they listen and when they wouldn’t listen, I’d have a little ‘come to Jesus’ with them. They remember that they needed to trust me and trust their teammates. When they do that, they play great.”
MADISON 0, MOUNTAIN VIEW 0 (8-7 Madison in PKs): At Eagle High School, Madison outlasted Mountain View in penalty kicks to claim the consolation trophy. It is the first boys soccer state trophy in program history for Madison (9-9-0). No further details were available.
IDAHO FALLS 2, BLACKFOOT 1: At Brothers Park in Caldwell, Idaho Falls defeated 4A District 5-6 opponent Blackfoot for the first time in three meetings this season to take home the 4A state consolation trophy.
Israel Soto scored both goals for the Tigers, the first off an assist by Vitor Silva in the 57th minute and the second in the 73rd minute off a rebound from Chris Peretti, which hit the post and came back out to Soto.
Idaho Falls coach Ryan Cook said the Tigers’ goals came after Blackfoot took a 1-0 lead in the 45th minute off a counter attack.
Cook credited conditioning and belief for I.F.’s win Saturday.
“All that hard work in August, September, all the pain I put them through was gonna pay off today,” Cook said. “They finally put the ”we’ above the ‘I’. That came yesterday after beating the defending state champs. They finally believed they belong and could play with anybody they wanted to.”
The Tigers end the season 11-8-1 while Blackfoot finishes at 17-2-0.
SNAKE RIVER 1, COMMUNITY SCHOOL 0: At Vallivue High School, Snake River claimed the third place trophy with a one-goal win over Community School. No further details were available.
It is the Panthers’ first boys state soccer trophy since 2011, when they won the 3A state title, and third trophy in program history.
BONNERS FERRY 1, SUGAR-SALEM 1 (5-4 Bonners Ferry in PKs): At Vallivue High School, Sugar-Salem fell to Bonners Ferry in penalty kicks in the 3A state consolation final. No other details were available.
The Diggers end the season 18-2-0.