Sierra Smith scored the only goal of the 5A District Three girls soccer championship game Saturday at Meridian High, earning Boise a 1-0 victory in a rematch of last year’s district final.
Smith lost control of the ball near the top of the box. But the 5-foot-3 senior forward won the ball back, backed down her defender, spun to her left and lifted a right-footed shot over the goalkeeper and to the far post in the 42nd minute.
“It’s pretty impressive for her,” Boise coach Chris Siegenthaler said. “She plays bigger than her stature.”
The win keeps Boise’s record perfect at 17-0-0 and earns it the top seed into the 5A state tournament, where it takes on Skyline (15-1-0) at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Rocky Mountain High. Skyline was perfect on the season until it lost to Hillcrest in the District Five-Six championship.
“I'm looking forward to it,” Siegenthaler said. “We haven’t played Skyline for a few years in state. With the bracketing and how it worked out, not playing a team from the valley is a good thing. You get a taste of the rest of the state rather than feeling like an extension of your season.”
The shutout allows the Braves to head to state with just three goals allowed in 17 games this season. One was an own goal, and the other two came off free kicks.
The dominating run allowed Boise to climb to No. 23 in the nation in the latest USA Today/National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.
Rocky Mountain (14-3-0) kicks off the state tournament against Lake City (12-0-2), the northern Idaho champ, at 11:30 a.m. at Meridian High.
TIMBERLINE 5, BOISE 2
Timberline and Boise, the three-time defending district champ, battled to a 2-2 tie in the second half. But the Wolves (16-1-0) ran away with the final three goals to win their first district title since 2006.
Timberline coach TJ Thaemert said his team, the defending state champ, set three goals to start the season — win a 5A SIC regular-season title, a district title and defend their state championship.
“It’s something they had in their hearts working for all season, and it’s great to have them reach a goal,” Thaemert said. “But we’ve only reached two of our three goals, and we have one more.”
Cole Fuller buried the game winner when he drew a foul and converted the penalty kick. He also converted a penalty for the Wolves’ fifth and final goal and added two assists.
“His movement off the ball is great,” Thaemert said. “He was doing a good job to get in the right spot, then he gave up a couple great balls for assists.”
Timberline opens the state tournament against Hillcrest (11-5-3) at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Eagle High. Boise (12-4-1) opens against Lake City (12-1-1) at 9 a.m. at Rocky Mountain High.