“Great Basin 10” conference teams will be aiming to knock off the No. 1-seeded defending tournament champions Century Diamondbacks (boys) and Twin Falls Bruins (girls) when the double elimination 4A prep soccer tourneys begin in earnest today, Wednesday.
Century (10-2-2, 10-2-1 GBC, 31 points) debuts as the No. 1 boys’ seed hosting No. 9 Minico today in Pocatello.
Minico upset No. 8 Burley 1-0 in a Monday play-in game. Last year, the Century boys won the GBC tournament title 0-0 (5-4 kicks) over Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls.
Century’s Diamondbacks have been stingy on defense, allowing 13 goals in 14 games. But they’re struggled more on offense recently including 2-1 losses to Wood River and Canyon Ridge, and a 2-1 win at Mountain Home Saturday.
The Twin Falls girls (15-0-1, 13-0-0 GBC) open today, Wednesday against No. 8 Mountain Home (3-10-0) at SunWay Soccer Complex. Mountain Home won 5-2 over No. 9 Burley on Monday. Last year, Twin Falls blanked Century 3-0 for the title.
Wood River’s hopes
Wood River High’s boys (10-3-3, 9-2-2 GBC) are the No. 2 seed in their tournament.
The Wolverines open today, Wednesday with a 4 p.m. home game against No. 7 Mountain Home at Hailey’s South Valley Sports Complex soccer field.
Mountain Home’s boys (5-7-3, 3-7-3 GBC) won their Monday play-in game 4-0 over No. 10 Pocatello.
Mountain Home had been winless in six games before Monday’s success. The Tigers lost 4-0 to Wood River in Hailey Sept. 4 but tied the Wolverines 1-1 at home Sept. 18.
If Wood River beats Mountain Home, the boys will play again Saturday, Oct. 12 on the Hailey field against the winner of Jerome-Twin Falls.
Although Wood River soccer games are free for spectators during the regular season, admission will be charged for the home tournament games. Prices are $6 adults and students without activity cards, and $4 seniors.
Other boys’ games today are No. 3 Jerome (11-3-1) hosting No. 6 Twin Falls, and No. 4 Preston (8-3-3) at home with No. 5 Canyon Ridge.
Three State 4A tournament berths are up for grabs for both the GBC boys and girls.
Wood River’s No. 5 seeded girls (7-5-4, 7-4-2 GBC) travel today to Pocatello where they’ll kick off the tournament against No. 4 Century (7-4-3). Game time is 4 p.m. Wood River and Century tied 1-1 in Pocatello Sept. 21 in their only meeting of the season.
The winner of Wood River-Century will likely travel to play No. 1 Twin Falls on Saturday, while the loser of Wood River-Century will probably entertain No. 8 Mountain Home on Saturday, Oct. 12.
Other games today are No. 3 Preston (9-4-2, 9-1-2) hosting No. 6 Jerome (6-7-1, 6-6-1), and No. 2 Pocatello (10-1-3) entertaining No. 7 Canyon Ridge.
Wood River’s girls ended their regular season Saturday with a 1-1 home draw playing the 5A Hillcrest Knights (5-7-0) from Idaho Falls.
Senior Kate Stone, the top Wolverine scorer with 9 goals, scored in the first half for a 1-0 lead and the visiting Knights equalized after half. Freshman Josie Gilman assisted.
Coach Tanner Riley said, “Devon McAvoy stepped up as a defensive sub for senior Amelia Madsen and held her own. Josie Gilman played in their first varsity game and received her first varsity stat.
“Daisy Buxton, Sayler Peavey and Tia Vontver moved their feet the entire game and kept the team on their toes.”