5A state soccer roundup: District Three cruises on Day 1

rroberts@idahostatesman.comOctober 25, 2013 

How’s that for a District Three deluge?

Treasure Valley boys and girls soccer teams outscored their opponents a combined 31-10, winning all eight first-round games in the 5A state tournament Thursday at Eagle, Meridian and Rocky Mountain high schools.

The first-day dominance assures District Three a sweep of the 5A title games for the 10th time since 2000, but it’ll take two more days before the winners are crowned.

Here’s a look at Thursday’s games:

BOYS

BOISE 7, LAKE CITY 1

Senior forward Carter Perry had the best state tournament game of his career, blasting Lake City for four goals to lead the Braves into the semifinals for the third season in a row.

Perry scored two goals each in the first and second halves, and Ben Loveless, Ryan Davey and Samuel Rucklos also notched goals for the reigning District Three champions.

“It felt pretty amazing. I wasn’t expecting it in the beginning of the game,” Perry said. “After I got my first one, I just gained confidence and kept going from there.”

The Braves (16-1-2) led 3-1 at the half and blew open the game by scoring three goals over a two-minute span between the 64th and 66th minutes.

“I liked the win, that’s for sure,” Boise coach Mike Darrow said.

CENTENNIAL 2, IDAHO FALLS 1

Junior Robert Madril scored off Liam Looney’s indirect free kick in the 78th minute to give the Patriots the edge against the District Five-Six runner-up Tigers.

Centennial (16-2-0) trailed 1-0 at halftime and tied the game 1-1 on a header by Eldin Turulja in the 47th minute.

“I might have been the most nervous of anybody out there,” Centennial coach Brian Gillenwater said. “Our shots weren’t hitting the back of the net today. I didn’t know how to feel about it. I was starting to prepare for overtime, to be quite honest, but big players come through at the right time.”

BORAH 5, MADISON 2

Juniors Josh Szuch and Eldin Cvrk scored two goals apiece to lead the Lions to a win over the District Five-Six champions.

Borah (11-7-0), which earned the No. 4 seed out of District Three, didn’t let the higher-ranked Bobcats dictate play.

Senior midfielder Klaw Reh also scored, and junior goalkeeper Nathan Snyder made three saves for Borah.

TIMBERLINE 1, POST FALLS 0

Sophomore midfielder Cole Fuller scored early in the first half, and Timberline’s defense made the goal stand up against the defending state champions.

The Wolves (11-7-0), who are making their first trip to state since 2010, kept Trojans standout Timmy Mueller in check, securing their first win at state since 2008.

“The boys are definitely excited,” Timberline coach TJ Thaemert said.

GIRLS

CENTENNIAL 4, HIGHLAND 3

Senior striker Erika Thompson scored in the second minute as Centennial led from start to finish against the Rams.

Junior varsity call-up Emily Madril got in on the scoring for the Patriots (8-6-3) along with Bailey Watson and Brenna Davidson.

“It was pretty much great play all the way around,” Centennial coach Scott Reynolds said. “It was nice to keep the lead and go all the way through with it and win it.”

It was Centennial’s first win at state since 2010.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN 7, POST FALLS 2

Sophomore forward Raimee Sherle was nearly unstoppable, notching four goals in a rout of Post Falls.

Rocky Mountain (16-1-2) led 3-0 after less than 10 minutes, but the Trojans pulled within 3-2 at the half to put a scare into the District Three champs.

The Grizzlies roared back with four second-half goals to eliminate the threat.

“Our team has the mojo now and I’m pumped for the next game,” said Rocky sophomore Kayla Welch, who had one goal and one assist.

Kylie Stephens and Crystal Wiskerchen also scored for the Grizzlies, who are seeking their second state title in three seasons.

BOISE 3, LAKE CITY 1

The Braves scored all three of their goals in about a 10-minute span near the start of the second half to knock off the defending state champions.

Three reserves accounted for Boise’s scoring — junior Demi Van Ocker, sophomore Sierra Smith and junior Liz Gustavel.

The game was scoreless at the half, and the Timberwolves avoided the shutout thanks to a Maddi Ward goal with about 15 minutes left.

“They were a good team, and it was an intense match,” said Boise coach Chris Siegenthaler, whose team improved to 16-2-1. “A lot of emotion.”

TIMBERLINE 2, HILLCREST 0

The Wolves opened up a scoreless game with sophomore midfielder Madie Apsey’s goal less than 10 minutes into the second half.

Junior striker Allegra Weeks, Timberline’s leading scorer, later added her 21st goal of the season to put the Wolves (13-3-2) in the semifinals for the third year in a row.

“They had a little inspirational talk at halftime from me and after that they came out and dominated the second half,” Timberline coach Ross Schultz said.

Senior Jenna Clubb led the back line over the final 40 minutes, limiting the Knights to one shot in the second half. Timberline is making its 12th consecutive trip to state.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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