Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cutthroat girls end their best season with silver

McCall’s Vandals breeze 6-0 in state final

Express Staff Writer

Senior Hannah Dies (middle) advances the ball, backed by senior teammates Hayley Murach and Whitney Engelmann, during Saturday’s State 3A girls’ soccer tournament title game won by the McCall-Donnelly Vandals 6-0, at Middleton High School. Courtesy photo by Richard Feldman

     They didn’t win their final game, but the Community School girls’ soccer players celebrated the best soccer season in school annals with a final 17-1-0 record after Saturday’s State 3A championship game at Middleton High.

     The Community School girls, already winners of the Idaho High School Activities Association’s State Academic 3A trophy, brought home the red-colored runner-up trophy after falling 6-0 to the McCall-Donnelly Vandals in Saturday’s title game of the eight-team 3A girls’ state tournament.

     Coach Kelly Feldman’s Cutthroats (17-1-0, 105-11 goals against), blanked for the first time in 39 games, had no defensive answer for the speed of Vandals senior Brooke Thomas as McCall won its third straight State 3A championship and sixth overall. The Vandals outscored three state foes 15-0.

     Thomas, a state-level hurdler in track, accelerated behind the defense on counterattacks for a three-goal hat trick—two of her goals coming in the first half when McCall surged ahead 3-0. Senior Taylor Howell chipped in with two goals and junior Kylie Hoogendyk finished the scoring at 70 minutes.

     Senior keeper Kathryn Egnew (15 saves) did the rest as McCall (19-1-0) posted its 15th shutout in 20 games and ended its campaign with 11 straight wins. The Cutthroats out-shot McCall 15-11. Many were long shots easily caught by Egnew.

     It wasn’t the first time that McCall-Donnelly teams had dashed the high hopes of the Cutthroats (109-28-5 over the last 7 years for a .768 winning percentage).

     McCall-Donnelly snapped a 14-game Cutthroat win streak in the 2011 state semi-final game. Last year in the 2-1 title game, the Vandals ended a 15-game unbeaten streak for the Cutthroats. This year, McCall erased a school-record 17-game win streak for the Sun Valley girls. McCall has now won 10 straight games over the Cutthroats by a 30-6 score since 2004.

     Those striking numbers don’t diminish the accomplishments of the Sun Valley girls under 12th-year coach Feldman (153-55-11). Her teams are 10-5 at the state tournament, bringing home five trophies in the last five years.

     Feldman said, “At state, the girls played their hearts out and that’s all I can ask of them. They left the field with no regrets. The score of the final game doesn't undo any of their accomplishments and the fact that they continued to play hard and with grace and sportsmanship despite the score speaks volumes about who they are.

     “I have been so lucky and blessed to be able to coach these seniors for four years. They are confident, kind, well-rounded, supportive kids who created an atmosphere of inclusion and caring for the team as a whole. I can't say enough about how great they are, or how much they will be missed.

     “Erin Hennessy was our Player of the Game. We missed Sara Runkel who suffered an ankle injury in the Marsh Valley game and we lost Sydney Hagenbuch to a concussion late in the McCall game.”

     On Friday, the Cutthroats (17-24 in 15 state tournaments since 1996) advanced to their second 3A title game in two years with a 3-1 semi-final win over Marsh Valley of Arimo.

     Seniors Hayley Murach, Jordan Fitzgerald (1 assist) and Hannah Dies scored in that 17th consecutive Cutthroat victory. “Player of the Game” was Runkel.

     The Filer Wildcats, second place in the High Desert Soccer Conference tournament behind the Cutthroats, earned third-place green-colored hardware 3-1 over Marsh Valley. Filer (15-5-1) had lost 5-0 to McCall-Donnelly in Friday’s semi-final.

     Cutthroat seniors Katie Feldman, Hannah Dies and Whitney Engelmann were chosen to participate in the 4th District North-South All-Star Senior soccer game Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Wendell. Kelly Feldman was the North coach.

     The school’s soccer banquet is Sunday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.

     · Final team statistics: Community School 17-1-0 (8-0-0 home, 9-0-1 away, 10-0-0 league for #1 seed, 1st place in HDSC tournament, 2nd place in State 3A tournament) with 12 shutouts in 17 games. Goals scored: 105 (6.2 per game). Goals against: 11 (0.6). Individual scoring: Hannah Dies 34 (105 goals career, scored in 14 of 17 games, 6 hat tricks, 15 hat tricks career), Lilly Jenner 15 (31 career), Jordan Fitzgerald 13 (34 career), Hayley Murach 11 (26 career), Sam Busby 6, Whitney Engelmann 6 (26 career), Josie Allison 6, Katie Feldman 5 (21 career), Hannah Conn 4, Autumn Fluetsch 3, Sophie Nasvik 1, Isabelle Caraluzzi 1.

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