Community School girls’ soccer coach Kelly Feldman has a multitude of options and weapons—and the Cutthroats employed them effectively Wednesday in winning their fourth consecutive High Desert Soccer Conference title.
The top-seeded Cutthroats (14-2-1) ended their home season with an 8-0 record and extended their unbeaten streak to 13 games with a dominating 7-0 triumph over the No. 3-seeded Filer Wildcats (8-7-4) at Elkhorn’s Browning Field.
It was the 10th shutout of the season for the Cutthroats.
Senior Ellie Swanson, playing one of her best games in an outstanding four-year career, led the way with two goals while junior Jordan Fitzgerald and freshman Lilly Jenner also scored twice. Junior Hayley Murach added a single on a 40-yard floater that opened the scoring floodgates before half.
The Cutthroats scored three times in the final four minutes of the first half and ended up out-shooting Filer 20-9. Senior goalkeeper Ella Marks (9 saves) and Filer keeper Anna Williams (10 saves) played well.
Fitzgerald, who added two assists and played well up front and also on defense in the second half, has given the deep and talented 22-player Cutthroat squad a boost since returning to the lineup from a concussion Oct. 1. She has scored five goals in four games.
Hannah Dies and Katie Feldman assisted on Wednesday’s first two goals, by Swanson and Fitzgerald. Murach’s long shot came on a Fitzgerald drop pass at 37 minutes, then Fitzgerald and Jenner (16 goals season, at least 1 goal in 13 of 17 games) put the Cutthroats ahead 5-0 at intermission.
The Cutthroats qualified for the State 3A soccer tournament for the 12th consecutive year and have high hopes for hardware at the Oct. 18-20 tournament to be played at SunWay Soccer Complex in Twin Falls.
Feldman’s squad opens Thursday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. against the winner of Saturday’s state play-in game in Lewiston between the Boise-area runner-up (probably Fruitland) and the northern Idaho runner-up squad (Bonners Ferry or Timberlake).
No. 1-ranked reigning state champion McCall-Donnelly (14-1-1) defeated Fruitland for the 3rd District title—meaning the most likely way the Cutthroats can play McCall-Donnelly at state is in the championship game Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m.
Tribe ends season for Cutthroat boys
A pair of second-half penalty kicks by the host Buhl Tribe (12-4-2) were too much for the Community School boys to overcome in Wednesday’s 3-1 HDSC loss that ended the 2012 Cutthroat campaign (9-7-2).
Senior co-captain Ben Kanellitsas scored for the No. 4-seeded Cutthroats, who ended up placing fourth in the eight-team league tournament.
“Men of the Match” were Kanellitsas and senior co-captain Zach Lindahl. Kanellitsas and senior Cameron Jenner led the Cutthroats with 9 goals apiece over the 18-game season.
The top-seeded Gooding Senators (11-1-2) wrapped up their first-ever HDSC tournament title with a 4-2 home win over Wendell (10-3-2). Wendell hosts Buhl today, Friday, for a second ticket to the State 3A tourney Oct. 18 in Twin Falls.