The 4A and 3A state soccer tournaments begin Thursday in Caldwell, and eight District 4 teams are in the mix.

Below are breakdowns of each local team as they get ready for their first-round games at Brothers Park (4A) and Vallivue High School (3A).

Girls

Twin Falls Bruins

2017 record: 14-2 (4A District 4 top seed)

Previous state appearance: 2016

First-round opponent: Vallivue

The Bruins have reached the 4A state tournament every year since 2009, when they dropped from the 5A classification. But they have yet to win a state title. Last year, Twin Falls won the third-place trophy after a semifinal loss to Sandpoint.

This team might be the most capable of ending the title drought. The Bruins are 12-0 against Great Basin Conference opponents this season, a feat head coach Katie Kauffman can’t remember her team accomplishing before this fall.

Vallivue (13-5-1) is the No. 3 seed out of District 3. The top team in that conference is defending state champion Bishop Kelly (19-0). Twin Falls will face the Knights in the semifinals if both teams win their games on Thursday.

Canyon Ridge Riverhawks

2017 record: 11-7-1 (4A District 4 second seed)

Previous state appearance: 2015

First-round opponent: Sandpoint

The Riverhawks reached their second 4A state tournament in their eight-year school history after winning two loser-out games in the district tournament. The second of those victories was 2-1 at Wood River, which defeated Canyon Ridge in their first three meetings.

Canyon Ridge went two-and-out at the 2015 state tournament. To reach the winner’s bracket this time, they’ll need to beat a 10-2-1 Sandpoint team that earned the top seed out of District 1-2.

Community School Cutthroats

2017 record: 17-0-1 (3A District 4 top seed)

Previous state appearance: 2016

First-round opponent: Marsh Valley

The Cutthroats are ready to be the bride. They have been a perpetual 3A state tournament participant, and they have reached three state championship matches since 2012. They have lost all three.

Community School’s one blemish this season was a 4-4 tie to Canyon Ridge on Sept. 9. If the Cutthroats get through Marsh Valley (13-2-1) on Thursday, they’ll likely face Coeur d’Alene Charter (14-0-1) in the semifinals. The Panthers beat Community School 2-1 in last year’s state title match.

Declo Hornets

2017 record: 12-4 (3A District 4 second seed)

Previous state appearance: None

First-round opponent: Shelley

The Hornets are preparing for their first state tournament in program history after beating Buhl 2-1 on Saturday in a loser-out district tournament game. Other than a 4-3 loss to Buhl on Sept. 28, Declo’s only losses this season were against Community School.

Thursday’s opponent, Shelley, has a 15-2 record and earned the second seed out of District 6.

Boys

Wood River Wolverines

2017 record: 14-2-1 (4A District 4 top seed)

Previous state appearance: 2015

First-round opponent: Skyview

Of the eight local teams at state this year, Wood River is the only one with a state title. The Wolverines took the 3A crown in 2003, and they’ve been searching for another ever since.

Wood River lost to 5A Highland 4-3 on Aug. 26 and to conference foe Burley 2-1 on Sept. 11. They also tied Twin Falls 1-1 on Sept. 18. All three games were on the road.

After winning last year’s 4A state title, Skyview (12-5-3) finished with the fourth-best record in its conference during the regular season, but it earned the third seed out of District 3 after the district tournament. Ridgevue (17-1-1) is District 3’s top seed, and it will face the Wolverines in the semifinals if both teams win on Thursday.

Burley Bobcats

2017 record: 11-7-1 (4A District 4 second seed)

Previous state appearance: 2011

First-round opponent: Sandpoint

The Bobcats advanced to state after beating Canyon Ridge 2-1 in a district tournament loser-out game on Saturday. It was Burley’s first win over the Riverhawks in four tries this season.

Burley didn’t record a win during the 2011 state tournament. Its first shot at a victory this time around is against a 13-1-2 team that took the top seed out of District 1-2.

Community School Cutthroats

2017 record: 16-3 (3A District 4 top seed)

Previous state appearance: 2016

First-round opponent: Teton

Community School doesn’t have to wait, nor does it have to rely on other teams, to get a chance at revenge this season. Teton (11-3) beat the Cutthroats in penalty kicks to win last year’s 3A state championship. On Thursday, those two will meet for the first time since last year’s thriller.

Community School has reached five straight state tournaments, and it is looking for its first ever state-sanctioned state title. The Cutthroats played in each of the last two state championship matches, and they lost both of them (Weiser won 5-2 in 2015).

Bliss Bears

2017 record: 14-2 (3A District 4 second seed)

Previous state appearance: 2016

First-round opponent: Sugar-Salem

The Bears’ only two losses this season came to Community School, and they might not get a chance at a rematch. After beating the Cutthroats in the first matchup this season, Bliss lost the final two, including the district title match last week. Bliss, a co-op, beat Buhl 2-1 on Saturday to reach its second straight state tournament, this time as the High Desert Conference’s No. 2 seed.

The Bears will face the No. 1 seed out of District 6 on Thursday, and the task is daunting. Sugar-Salem enters the first-round game with a 17-0 record, including two wins over 5A opponents.

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