Thunder Ridge boys soccer sent a message early during its inaugural season: the Titans are a program to watch for years to come.

The new 5A school reached the state tournament during its first season ever, finishing the fall with a record of 10-6-1.

Thunder Ridge beat Madison and Highland during the 5A District 5-6 tournament to reach the state tournament in early October, eventually going two-and-out at state.

It also tied Hillcrest — the 4A state runner-up — 1-1 during the beginning of the season.

For its successful first season, Corey Toldson is the Post Register’s All-Area Boys Coach of the Year.

“The first year was a whirlwind,” Toldson said. “Bring together two programs — Bonneville and Hillcrest, which had two styles of plays and two different cultures — definitely brought challenges but also huge rewards.”

Tasked with combining players from Hillcrest and Bonneville during a short off season (all while becoming acclimated with the area), Toldson provided thoughtful, balanced coaching and trust for the youthful, first-year Titans.

Thunder Ridge will graduate three seniors, as no other District 6 school has sent a soccer team to state in its first year until this year.

“To do what she did, with a new school and new program, was really impressive,” said Hillcrest coach Ryan Ellis, who was also considered for All-Area Boys Soccer Coach of the Year.

Luke O’Roark is a reporter for the Post Register. He can be reached at 208-542-6772. You can also follow him on Twitter: @LukeORoark

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