FILER — Even with his team nearing double-digit goals, Community School head coach Richard Whitelaw still thought he could have been a bit sharper.
The Cutthroats travelled to Filer on Monday to take on a Wildcat squad Whitelaw believes has a chance to be quite good.
But when it was all said and done the scoreboard appeared rather slanted.
Johnny Blackburn and Briggs Whorton scored two goals apiece Monday afternoon, leading Community School to a comfortable 8-1 victory over Filer in a 3A High Desert Conference matchup.
The Cutthroats held a commanding 4-1 lead over the Wildcats at halftime. Whitelaw wasn’t particularly impressed with his team’s early effort, though he believes they played much better in the second half.
“We can do better than that. We were slow (in the first half) and the boys were whining about heat,” Whitelaw said with a laugh. “We can’t let them get too cocky ... you have to reel them back in. Otherwise it will go to their heads.”
Community School improved to 4-0 with the victory and has outscored the opposition 27-5 this season.
Peter Morawitz, Charlie Stumph, Dehner Figge and Fletcher Stumph each scored goals in the win.
The large margin of victories for Community School in the early-goings of the season are somewhat of a double-edged sword. While wins are surely welcomed, it can be tough to stay focused in blowouts.
Whitelaw, however, sees such games as a great opportunity to let younger players participate in live game action.
“If you’re winning this handily, you can play a lot of the younger players, move people around,” said Whitelaw. “As long as you get the victory, you can move people here and there.”
The Cutthroats are off for a week before traveling to play Bliss on Sept. 7. Though his team is young, Whitelaw is excited with his team’s stellar offense thus far in 2016.
Of course, averaging nearly seven goals per game hasn’t happened by accident.
“Just practice. (We) drill it into them,” Whitelaw said with a smile. “They’re young. (But) we have high standards.”
Community School girls roll on
FILER — Behind a four goal performance from sophomore Lily Fitzgerald, Community School surged past Filer on Monday, 6-2, in an early-season matchup of 3A High Desert Conference foes. The Cutthroats improved to 4-0 with the victory.
“I thought there were times when we really moved the ball well and had some good opportunities,” Community School coach Kelly Feldman said. “Filer has a lot of pace. They’re a decent team and I think they’re going to just get better as the season goes, which is great. Hopefully we will, too.”
Filer kept the game close in the first half Monday as a goal from Jayden Stoddard and a penalty kick from Ruby Gomez had the Wildcats in a manageable 3-2 halftime deficit.
The Cutthroats exploded in the second half, though, by taking advantage of a cluttered middle of the field and attacking the perimeter of the Wildcats’ defense.
“They played with so many in the middle and we just kept trying to force it in the middle,” said Feldman. “It took us a while to sort out that, ‘Oh, the space is on the outside.’”
Grace Pepin and Ella Viesturs each knocked in goals for Community School in the win.
The Cutthroats are off until Sept. 7 when they travel to play at Bliss. Monday’s game featured some typical early-season mistakes for Community School despite the decisive margin of victory, according to Feldman. She hopes the mental errors diminish as her young team continues to mature; the Cutthroats have just fours seniors on the roster.
“We made some big mistakes there. Giving up the PK, that yellow card. But it’s still early in the season. We’re still clearly learning and we’re still figuring out where people play and what people do,” Feldman said. “It’s those mistakes that, if they continue, are going to hurt us in the long run. But for the most part we can learn from them and keep moving on ... It’s always better to learn it now.”
Bliss 7, Wendell 0
Buhl 3, Declo 1
BUHL— Victor Quezada, Alfredo Asin and Jose Limas each scored for the Indians.
Wendell 4, Bliss 3
Nohely Torres scored two goals for the Trojans, while Nadia Guadarrama and Jenny Diaz each added one. Wendell is now 1-1 and next plays Filer.
Oakley 3, Castleford (25-12, 25-11, 25-11)
CASTLEFORD — Talia Elquist had 7 kills, Rachael Mitton 9 serving aces, Angie Magana 15 set assists and 9 digs while the Hornets had 18 team aces in the victory. Makayla Flores had 20 assists, Bailey Prescott 6 blocks and Taylor Thomas 32 defensive digs. Castleford plays a tri-match against Wendell on Tuesday while Oakley next plays at Dietrich on Thursday.
Declo 3, Gooding 2 (25-20, 24-26, 22-25, 26-24, 15-7)
GOODING —The Senators were led by Courtney Christopherson and Delaney Kanau, who combined for 29 kills, Paige Ramsey who had 27 assists and 18 digs, while Maddie Ramsey had 30 digs. Jaesa Fox had nine blocks for the Hornets. Riley Comstock had 32 digs for the Senators, while Tessa Conrad added 13 Kills and Brittany Brinkley 14 digs.