Senior captain Rolando Guillen scored for the Caldwell boys soccer team in the first half, and freshman forward Adrian Arguello added two second-half goals within four minutes of each other to lead the Cougars to a 3-0 win over Bishop Kelly in the 4A District Three Tournament championship Friday at Brothers Park in Caldwell.
It is believed to be the Cougars’ first district title since 1997, which also is the last time the team won state.
“Caldwell has a really great soccer community, and they have a really good youth soccer program,” Caldwell coach Rhys Yeakley said. “A lot of the dads and brothers used to play at Caldwell, so it’s really cool for the boys to be able to do something like that for the community and the school.”
Friday’s win marked the sixth straight shutout for the Cougars — excluding a penalty kick against Kuna — and the seventh shutout in 12 conference games.
“Our defense has been playing really well,” Yeakley said.
Caldwell (11-4-2) and Bishop Kelly (11-4-1) advance to the 4A state tournament Oct. 22-24 at Brothers Park. Middleton (7-10-2), which beat Skyview 3-1 in the third-place game, takes on Moscow (5-9-0) at 4 p.m. Saturday in Lewiston in a state play-in game.
BISHOP KELLY 1, KUNA 0
Within a few minutes of moving Sena Stillman from the back line to midfield for a boost of energy, the junior scored the game-winner for the Bishop Kelly girls soccer team in a victory over Kuna in the 4A District Three Tournament championship game Friday at Bishop Kelly High.
Stillman scored on a header off an assist from Abby Grant about 15 minutes into the second half.
It was the seventh consecutive district title for the Knights (13-2-1), who had to overcome the loss of several key players to season-ending injuries.
“I think this team is so different than maybe recent years just because of all the adversity we’ve had to face,” Bishop Kelly coach Curtis Eisenberger said. “The kids just keep grinding and finding ways to make big plays. It’s pretty special.”
BK and Kuna (10-7-1) qualify for the state tournament Oct. 22-24 at Brothers Park in Caldwell. Middleton (7-8-4) can also advance with a win over Lakeland (5-7-2) in a play-in game Saturday in Lewiston.