Wood River 2, Skyview 1
CALDWELL — The Wolverines knocked off the defending 4A state champions with Thursday’s tight first-round opener.
“We didn’t know what to expect from any of these Boise teams, and it worked to our advantage,” Wood River coach Luis Monjaras said. “We just went out there and played our style of soccer.”
On Thursday, Wood River’s Josset Guzman opened the scoring in the 15th minute, and that 1-0 lead held until the 58th, when Skyview found the net. But Guzman scored again in the 70th on a penalty kick.
The Wolverines (15-2-1) move on to their first state semifinal game since 2013, when they lost to Jerome in championship match. Wood River faces Ridgevue (18-1-1), which lost to Skyview in the state title game last season.
“It’s gonna be tough,” Monjaras said. “We will have to make some adjustments and have some sort of strategy to play against them.”
Bliss 2, Sugar-Salem 1
CALDWELL — With perhaps the upset of this year’s state soccer tournaments, the Bears handed the Diggers their first loss of the season in the opening round of the 3A boys tournament at Vallivue High School.
“It was a very competitive and evenly matched game,” Bliss coach Dustin Henkelmann said. “But I think we came in with a better gameplan.”
The win was Bliss’ second straight over Sugar-Salem in as many state tournaments. The Bears beat the Diggers in last year’s third-place game.
On Thursday, Bliss took a 1-0 lead in the first 15 minutes on a goal from Steven Rubio (Angel Juarez assist). But Sugar-Salem scored a few minutes before halftime to tie it up.
Ferney Marez scored the decisive goal (Rubio assist), but the Bears had about 20 minutes left in the game to hold off the Diggers (17-1). Plus, their starting goalkeeper Jose Perez excited the game in the second half with a hand injury. Perez, who had 12 saves, was replaced by Kaleb Gabriel, who finished with three saves.
“They were matching us in terms of intensity, in terms of speed and in terms of how quickly they were getting the ball off,” Henkelmann said. “Being able to give them their first loss of the season, we were just relieved.”
Bliss (15-2) next plays Snake River at 11 a.m. Friday in the semifinals, where the Bears lost to eventual champion Teton last year.
“This team has an even better shot at state than the team we had last year because we’re able to control the ball in the midfield,” Henkelmann said.
Community School 2, Teton 1 (OT)
CALDWELL — A rematch of last year’s 3A state title game was equally close, but the winning team was different this time around.
The Cutthroats erased a late 1-0 deficit and won in sudden death overtime to advance to the semifinals. They also avenged a penalty kick loss to Teton in last year’s state championship game.
Teton took its lead right before halftime and held it until the 70th minute, when James Everitt drilled the equalizer. Seven minutes into overtime, Ridley Lindstrom scored to end it.
Community School (17-3) faces Weiser at 2 p.m. Friday in its third straight semifinals. A win would send the Cutthroats to their third consecutive title game.
Sandpoint 4, Burley 0
CALDWELL — The Sandpoint Bulldogs defeated the Burley Bobcats in the opening match in the 4A state tournament at Brothers Park in Caldwell.
The Bobcats will play at 11 a.m. against Blackfoot on Friday in a loser-out match.
Vallivue 4, Twin Falls 3
CALDWELL — Twin Falls will face Skyline is a loser out match at 11 a.m. Friday morning after being defeated by the Falcons in the opening match of the 4A state tournament at Brothers Park.
Madison Hicks scored on an assist by Madison Glascock for the Twin Falls first goal, and the two teams ended the first half tied 1-1. The Bruins scored twice in the second half, with the first goal coming on a penalty kick by Alexa Rierson followed by a Madison Bailey goal off the second assist of the match by Glascock. But Vallivue was able to put three goals in the net in the half with the winning goal coming with 10 minutes remaining.
“We had our opportunities and just didn’t take advantage of them, especially the ones in front of the net,” said Twin Falls coach Katie Kauffman. “Our goalkeeper, Sidnee (Naerebout) was challenged and made some good saves. Vallivue is a good quality team with some players that stepped up for them. They were quick to the ball.”
The Bruins were able to keep the Vallivue goalie, Hailee Mize, busy as she recorded 16 saves.
Sandpoint 5, Canyon Ridge 0
CALDWELL — After losing to the Sandpoint Bulldogs, the Canyon Ridge Riverhawks will play in an elimination match at 11 a.m. on Friday against Century.
Marsh Valley 1, Community School 0
CALDWELL — The Eagles scored with 27 seconds left in regulation, according to Community School coach Kelly Feldman, to hand the Cutthroats their first loss of the season.
“Gutted. ... What do you do? You play that long and lose...” Feldman said. “They put everything they had out there. Can’t ask them to do any better.”
Community School plays Sugar-Salem Friday at 11 a.m. back at Vallivue High School in a loser-out game.
Shelley 3, Declo 0
CALDWELL — The Hornets were defeated by the Russets in the opening match of the 3A Girls State Soccer Tournament at Vallivue High School.
“The girls played really well the first half and trailed 1-0 at the break,” said Declo coach Jeralee Jones. “The second half was a little rougher and goalie Kamree (Williams) had to make lots of saves.”
Jones said Declo only had two shots on goal for the match. Declo will play at 11 a.m. on Friday against Timberlake in a loser-out match.
Shoshone 3, Hagerman 0
MURTAUGH — No. 2 Shoshone finished the deal in the Snake River Conference tournament loser-out, winner-to-state match with the 25-20, 25-20, 25-14 sweep of Hagerman.
“It has been seven years since Shoshone has been to state, and the girls are super excited,” said Shoshone coach Melisa Martin. “I was really proud of their hard work and how they bounced back after their loss to Oakley. We made some mistakes, but we recovered and kept pushing one point at a time.”
Shoshone senior Allysen Huyser recorded a game-high 12 kills, followed by Monce Rivas with 10. Cierra Hennings added eight kills and had 10 digs. Setters Bailee Owens and Patti Fitzgerald combined for 20 assists.
“Both teams came out hard and played some very good volleyball,” said Hagerman coach Katie Knight. “We competed hard, but Shoshone just played a little bit better.”
For Hagerman (12-11), seniors Tristyn Hulme led the Pirates offense with 11 kills, Aubri Achabal had seven and Elly Yore added five. Setter Alana Floyd kept the offense going with 19 assists. Kyta Sellers dug up 14 balls, and Achabal had 10. Yore also had three blocks.
Hagerman 3, Valley 1
MURTAUGH — Yore finished with a team-high 11 kills, Hulme and Achabal each had nine and Floyd passed for 39 assists as the Pirates eliminated the Vikings, 25-9, 23-25, 25-16, 25-12 in the loser-out match. Hulme was the big at the serving line with seven aces.
“It was fun to see the team come together,” said Knight.
Senior Brenna Firth and Hulme led the Hagerman defense with 14 digs, Sellers followed with 13 and Achabal added 10. Yore had three blocks.
“We played good defense tonight,” said Valley coach Katie Clark. “We just lack the experience of playing in a district tournament. But we did have some great rallies this year.”
Dietrich 3, Carey 0
SHOSHONE — The No. 3 Blue Devils earned their biggest win of the season downing the No. 2 Panthers, 27-25, 25-18, 26-24 in the North Side Conference tournament loser-out, winner to state match.
“The girls were emotionally and mentally ready tonight,” said Dietrich coach Traci Perron. “They set a goal and learned how to work through their errors. Carey is a very good defensive team.”
Dietrich setters Alexi Hagen and Brianna Astle combined for 32 assists, which helped lead to 15 kills by Jaxen Eggleston, followed by 10 by Matigan Bingham, Quincie Christiansen with eight and Cassandra Berthelson with five. Eggleston led the defense at the net with two blocks.
Dietrich 3, Murtaugh 0
SHOSHONE — To reach the second-place game, the Blue Devils had to earn the loser-out win over the Red Devils, which they accomplished, 25-14, 25-13, 25-15.
“Going into the match with Murtaugh, the girls just went out, played and took care of business,” said Perron. “Murtaugh is an up-and-coming team. They have really improved this year.”
Eggleston pounded 14 kills, Quincie Christiansen finished with 12 kills and Berthelson and Bingham each had seven. Hagen dished out 22 assists and had four serving aces and Astle had 14 set assists. For the Dietrich defense, Bingham and Astle each pulled up 10 digs, and Berthelson had eight.
Declo 61, Wendell 19
DECLO — The Hornets routed the Trojans to capture the Canyon Conference title and finish the regular season with a 9-0 record. No other details were available.