The Shelley High School girls soccer team’s road to its sixth consecutive 3A state tournament ran through an epic Oct. 12 district title game meeting with top-seeded and 15-0-1 Sugar-Salem.
The game went goal-for-goal, with the Diggers scoring to make it 2-2 with 16 seconds left to force overtime. Penalty kicks were ultimately prompted, with Emma Stohl, Daniela Quintero-Reyes and Kaysha Sadovich making Shelley’s three of four attempted shots to clinch the Russets’ district title three-peat.
At state, Shelley defeated Declo 2-0 and Weiser 4-2 to play defending state champion Coeur d’Alene Charter for the title. After a scoreless first half, the Panthers scored the game-winner in the 65th minute. Shelley, which also received the 3A state sportsmanship award, ended the season 17-3-0 and graduates seven seniors.
For guiding his team all the way to the 3A state championship game and ending the season with the highest state finish by a District 6 girls team since 2008, Shelley’s Jim Gregory is the Post Register’s 2017 All-Area Girls Soccer Coach of the Year.
“I told them you can clearly hold your heads high,” Gregory said to the Post Register after the state title game. “It’s not just a team. It’s like a family. That’s a real key to their success and their accomplishments.”