Boise defeated Mountain View 1-0 for the right to take on Post Falls for the state championship at noon Saturday. Richard Ridlon, who played for Mountain View last year, volleyed home a headed pass from Mursal Dahiri in the second half for his second goal of the tournament. Boise is the defending state champion and has won three of the past five state titles, but faces a stiff test in Post Falls. Theyre a big, physical team and pretty talented, Boise coach Mike Darrow said. Boise knocked out Post Falls in the state semifinals last season.
In a back-and-forth game, Josue Palacios scored with less than 15 minutes left to break the deadlock, and Skyview edged Middleton 1-0. Goalkeeper Jacob Nitu made nine saves for the Hawks, who will try to win their first state title since 2005. Their opponent, Sandpoint, has won seven 4A state titles since 2000, with their last in 2009. Theyre a great team big, fast, strong and technically sound, Skyview coach Shawn Pelton said. We just have to focus on playing our game. If we do that, well have a great game.
Brandon Hernandez's goal off a corner kick early in overtime was all Fruitland needed to reach its first boys soccer state championship in school history. I just crashed (the net) and thought, This is my chance! Hernandez said. Goalkeeper Sergio Gonzalez had three saves for Fruitland, and coach Emilio Carbajal said he was proud of his defense. It took everything my boys had to shut them down, Carbajal said. The Grizzlies play for the title against Gooding, which won its only state title in 2009.
For the first time in 5A Idaho girls soccer history, there will not be a District Three team in the state final. Coeur dAlene (2006) is the only school outside of District Three to win a state championship, and either Lake City or Post Falls will join them Saturday. Lake City eliminated Timberline in penalties 5-5 (3-2), and Post Falls shut out Eagle 2-0.
Celia Harrington has a knack for scoring important goals she nailed the fifth and final PK in the 2010 state final, and had the game-winner in last years state title game. She added another two goals to that list in Bishop Kellys 3-1 win against Twin Falls. She ended the Bruins comeback attempt with her second goal to make it 3-1 late in the second half. A lot of these girls are accustomed to playing big games, and thats a strength for us, Bishop Kelly coach Curtis Eisenberger said. The Knights will try for their third straight state title against Century.
The McCall-Donnellydefense anchored by junior goalkeeper Kathryn Egnew held Shelley scoreless in a 2-0 victory. Senior forward Collette Adams and sophomore midfielder Alyssa Tomevi each scored in the first half. The Vandals now look to defend their state championship when they face Community School of Ketchum/Sun Valley. The two teams played twice this season, with McCall winning 4-2 and 4-1. I think we know them pretty well, McCall coach Greg Pittenger said.