Bliss 5, Snake River 1
CALDWELL — Bliss wasted no time asserting its dominance Friday in a 3A state semifinal game. Steven Rubio scored three goals in the first half, and Fernando Marez scored one to give the Bears a 4-0 halftime lead.
Rubio added a fourth goal in the second half for good measure, propelling Bliss to the 3A state championship game against Weiser in the process.
“Having Steven up top frees us to put some of our fastest and best players in the back, which will be absolutely crucial playing a tough team like Weiser,” said Bliss head coach Dustin Henkelman.
Bliss will take on Weiser at 1 p.m. Saturday in the 3A state championship game. Last year, the Bears finished third at the state tournament.
Wood River 2, Ridgevue 1
CALDWELL — The Wolverines are off to the 4A state title game, their first since 2013, after a win over Ridgevue on Friday at Brothers Park.
Wood River senior Jose Quinonez opened the scoring in the ninth minute off an assist from junior Lucas Beste. Quinonez scored again in the 47th minute (Jovany Armenta assist) to extend the lead to 2-0.
Ridgevue (18-2-1) scored in the 59th minute on a penalty kick to cut the deficit in half.
“We had to hold it down for another 20 minutes, and the boys did good,” Wood River coach Luis Monjaras said. “We did manage to put on pressure on them early on, kinda frustrate them and take them out of their rhythm.”
Wood River (16-2-1) will play Caldwell (14-4-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Middleton High School. In the Wolverines’ last trip to the 4A state title match, they lost to Great Basin Conference foe Jerome 3-1.
“We’re treating them with a lot of respect,” Monjaras said of Caldwell. “Go out there and play our hardest.”
Weiser 1, Community School 0 (PKs)
CALDWELL — Community School fell to Weiser Friday in the 3A state soccer semifinals. After a scoreless regulation and two scoreless overtime periods, Weiser made all five of its penalty kicks, while Community School netted just three.
The Cutthroats (17-4) play Snake River at 1 p.m. Saturday in the 3A third-place game.
Blackfoot 3, Burley 2
CALDWELL — Burley went two and out in its 4A state tournament appearance, losing to Blackfoot by a single goal. No other details were available.
Twin Falls 5, Skyline 1
CALDWELL — Twin Falls stayed alive in the 4A state tournament by defeating Skyline and Friday at Brothers park.
Madison Bailey opened the scoring on an assist by Phoebe Valdez, and senior Madison Glascock scored the second goal on a second assist by Valdez to give Twin Falls the 2-0 lead at the half. Skyline scored early in the second half to make the score 2-1.
“We came out and made the best of some scoring opportunities,” said Twin Falls coach Katie Kauffman. “Girls played high-pressure defense. And after they scored, we picked up our intensity and came back right at them.”
The Bruins scored three more goals in the second half. Glascock picked up her second goal of the match off an assist by Ellie Jackson that was followed by a second goal by Bailey off another assist by Jackson. Valdez finished off the Twin Falls scoring on a penalty kick.
“It felt good to come back and play,” Kauffman said. “I was really proud how the girls bounced back after the loss yesterday (to Vallivue).”
The Bruins (15-3) will play Century in the consolation final at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Community School 3, Sugar-Salem 2
CALDWELL — The Cutthroats are still in the running for fourth place after defeating Sugar-Salem in overtime of a loser-out match in the 3A state soccer tournament at Vallivue High School Friday.
The Cutthroats held a 1-0 lead at the half on a goal by Libby Kaiser. Their top scorer, Lily Fitzgerald, added a second goal midway through the second half, but Sugar-Salem scored a pair of goals late in the match to force overtime. Fitzgerald scored in the first couple of minutes to give the Cutthroats the win.
“Our defense has been outstanding and the girls — Anik Zarkos, Skylar Cooley, Eilza Marks, and Caroline Estep — have played every minute of both games,” said Community School coach Kelly Feldman. “It has truly been a team effort. Everybody has contributed and given everything in every play. We are certainly playing for each other.”
Community School (18-1-1) will play Timberlake at 10 a.m. Saturday in a loser-out match.
Century 3, Canyon Ridge 1
CALDWELL — Canyon Ridge was eliminated by Century at the 4A state tournament Friday at Brothers Park. Jade Higley scored the Riverhawks’ lone goal.
“The girls played hard today and competed,” said Canyon Ridge coach Christa Tackett. “(Goalkeeper) Katie Webb stepped up huge. I’m very proud of this team. They exceeded expectations this year and should be proud of how they finished.”
The Riverhawks finish the season with an 11-9-1 record.
Timberlake 1, Declo 0
CALDWELL — Declo was eliminated by Timberlake at the 3A state tournament at Vallivue High School.
“The girls played a good game with some good shots that just didn’t go in,” said Declo coach Jeralee Jones. “It has been a good experience that we all enjoyed. Never being to state, we had nothing to lose.”
The Hornets finished the season with a 12-6 record.