Tatum Minor

Sun Valley Community School sophomore Tatum Minor, in full stride chasing a ball during an August home game with Canyon Ridge, has been on fire with 7 of her 11 goals in the last four games. Teammate Christine Estep (left) waits for Minor’s run on the Elkhorn pitch.

     Sun Valley Community School girls’ and boys’ soccer teams preserved their unbeaten boasts atop the High Desert Soccer Conference last week.

     But it wasn’t without challenges for the Cutthroat teams that will host HDSC tournament games Saturday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. (girls) and 12:45 p.m. boys) on the Elkhorn fields.

     Coach Richard Whitelaw’s Cutthroat boys (11-1-2, 11-0-1 league) settled for a 1-1 draw at Bliss on Saturday.

     It was a rematch of last year’s HDSC tournament title game won at home by the Cutthroats 1-0, and then the State 3A tournament championship won by the Sun Valley lads by a 3-1 score, in Twin Falls.

     Junior midfielder Toby Rafford scored the Cutthroat goal and shared the “Man of the Match” honor with junior defender Caelin Bradshaw.

     Thursday, the Cutthroats squeaked out a 2-1 win at Gooding on goals by Cash Dart (penalty) and Ridley Lindstrom.

     “Man of the Match” was defender Bradshaw.

     Coach Kelly Feldman’s Cutthroat girls (12-0-2, 12-0-0 league) picked up a pair of HDSC road wins last week, 2-0 at Bliss on Saturday and 7-0 at Gooding Thursday.

     Sophomore Tatum Minor (11 goals season) was “Player of the Game” scoring both Cutthroat goals in the 2-0 success at Bliss. She was one of seven Cutthroat players scoring goals at Gooding Thursday.

     Others were freshman Maya Lightner, “Player of the Game” with her first varsity goal, Marit Kaiser, Maddy Dunn, Christine Estep, Alli Rathfon and Charlotte Davis-Jeffers.

     Assists went to Rathfon, Lightner and Minor. The Cutthroat girls have now outscored opponents 90-7 and have 10 shutouts in 14 games.

     The Cutthroat teams wrap up their regular season on Thursday, Oct. 10 with home games against Buhl on the Dumke Family Sagewillow Campus fields. The boys play at 4 p.m. and girls’ at 5:45 p.m.

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