5A state soccer roundup: Boise, Centennial make both title games

rroberts@idahostatesman.comOctober 26, 2013 

MERIDIAN — There is a certain level of mental anguish that automatically arises when a sporting event goes beyond regulation to determine a winner.

It can be argued that no one suffers worse than a coach, whose job it is to remain calm and direct the team to victory.

That might explain why Boise coach Chris Siegenthaler and Centennial coach Scott Reynolds looked positively exhausted by the end of their respective 5A girls soccer state tournament semifinal games Friday afternoon at Meridian High.

Reynolds’ fourth-seeded Patriots upset top-ranked Rocky Mountain 5-3 on penalty kicks after playing to a 3-3 tie through regulation and two 10-minute overtimes.

Siegenthaler’s Braves followed Centennial’s dramatic finish with a double-overtime victory against Timberline, scoring in the 93rd minute for the game’s only goal.

The Boise and Centennial boys also won, but didn’t need extra time to match their counterparts, setting up a pair of 5A title showdowns between the two schools Saturday at Rocky Mountain High in Meridian.

The girls game starts at 4:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 7 p.m.

Here is a look at how Friday’s semifinals shook out:

GIRLS

CENTENNIAL 3, ROCKY MOUNTAIN 3

Centennial wins 5-3 on PKs

Junior goalkeeper Fernanda Rogel stopped Rocky Mountain’s first penalty kick, and her teammates HanSena DiNioa, Emily Madril, Anna VanOrder, Bailey Watson and Erika Thompson each converted on their PKs to put the Patriots in the state championship game for the first time since 1994.

Watson, a junior striker, scored two goals in regulation, leading her team to victory just as her mom, then Sarah Burton, did for Centennial on its 1994 state runner-up team.

“It wasn’t expected. They look at us and think, ‘Oh, it’s just Centennial. They’re easy, whatever,’” Watson said. “Then we end up pulling it out because we want it more.”

Now Watson hopes to accomplish something her mother did not — win Centennial’s first state title in girls soccer.

“I am just proud of the girls. They’ve come a long way and battled from being an unknown to being a contender,” Centennial coach Scott Reynolds said.

BOISE 1, TIMBERLINE 0 (2OT)

Rikki Fix said she knew her team would eventually break through, she just didn’t know when or how.

As it turns out, the senior forward made her fuzzy vision a reality, scoring on a cross from junior Sophia Kallas three minutes in to the second overtime.

Fix sent the ball over Timberline keeper Hannah Griffin’s head, sinking a shot in the upper left corner of the goal.

“It was such a rush of adrenaline. I just couldn’t stop smiling,” Fix said. “It was a super happy moment.”

Shots came at a premium for both teams. Timberline, which advanced to state having given up just six goals all season, did its best to squash most of the Braves’ offensive chances.

Trying to stir up momentum for his team, Siegenthaler moved junior standout Grace Hancock to three different positions on the field, but the Wolves remained glued to her side.

“We just kept moving around trying to get more things going, and we found it right at the end,” Siegenthaler said. “In overtime we pushed, and it was nice to get that (goal).”

BOYS

BOISE 3, BORAH 0

The Braves moved into position to claim their second state championship in three seasons with a dominant victory over the Lions.

Boise goalkeeper Grant Billings was called upon to make just three saves as fellow seniors Peyton Harris, Mursal Dahiri and Carter Perry handled the Braves’ offensive attack, which has outscored its first two tournament opponents 10-1.

“I think we want it pretty bad and we are going to do whatever it takes to get there,” Billings said. “If it means sticking out a foot and poking it into the back of the net and taking a hit for it, then we’ll do it.”

This will be the third straight year the Braves have advanced to the championship match. Boise defeated Borah 1-0 in 2011 and lost 3-0 to Post Falls in 2012.

“I’ve played with these guys since I was 12 or 13 years old,” Harris said. “It’s going to be awesome to have one last hurrah.”

CENTENNIAL 4, TIMBERLINE 2

Seniors Htay Koko and Tyler Barr each scored within the first 10 minutes as Centennial led wire-to-wire to advance to its first state championship game since 2010.

The Patriots have won four titles since 2000, the last one in 2009.

“I am thrilled. I am very proud of them,” Centennial coach Brian Gillenwater said. “I think they put in a lot of hard work this year — although I am sure every coach could say that — and they deserve to be here. What an opportunity to be in the championship game.”

Koko added his second goal of the game in the second half, and junior Nick Houser also scored to give the Patriots a third try at District Three champion Boise.

The Braves have topped the Patriots twice this season, both times by a score of 3-1.

“I expect it will be close, and both teams are going to do everything they can to win,” Gillenwater said.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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