AMERICAN FALLS 8, COEUR D’ALENE CHARTER 1
American Falls shook off early-game nerves and blew past Coeur d’Alene Charter, 8-1, in the first round of the 3A state tournament Thursday at Vallivue High School.
Brian Martinez, Jose Jaime and Daniel Peña each scored twice for the Beavers. Martinez and Peña also had an assist.
“We were a little anxious at the beginning, but we relaxed,” A.F. assistant coach Caroline Wight said. “We knew we needed a win. We made it happen.
“They played a as a team. They played well together, lots of strong passes.”
Next up for the Beavers (17-1-1) is defending state champion Sun Valley Community School in Friday’s state semifinals.
MARSH VALLEY 2, SUN VALLEY COMMUNITY SCHOOL 1
Marsh Valley scored twice in the final seven minutes to upend Sun Valley Community School, 2-1, in the first round of the 3A state tournament Thursday at Vallivue High School.
The match was scoreless at halftime, and the Cutthroats scored first to make it 1-0.
Community School entered the game with a 17-0-2 record.
“I’m blown away. They hit a whole new level today,” Eagles coach Rachelle Gilbert said. “Probably the best game we played all year.”
Macey Morris and Hailey Smedley scored on assists from Korbie Bowman and Jaxyn Wheatley. Kendalyn Murdock registered four saves.
“They just found a rhythm that all of them were on,” Gilbert said. “They were creative in their passes. They saw passes that they haven’t really seen before. And on defense, they were patient and just waited and marked the passing lanes, instead of just chasing the ball. It was really fun to watch.”
Up next for Marsh Valley (13-2-2) is three-time defending state champ Couer d’Alene Charter in Friday’s state semifinals.
SANDPOINT 3, POCATELLO 2
Pocatello fell 3-2 in a tight game with Sandpoint in the first round of the 4A state tournament Thursday at Brothers Park in Caldwell.
Poky led 1-0 at halftime. But Sandpoint, which has finished second at state three years in a row, broke through in the second stanza.
“Our defense did an amazing job,” Indians coach Eric Davis said. “Sandpoint took advantage of the few chances we gave them. Seanee Still, our goalkeeper, made some amazing saves.”
Adi Spillett scored both goals for Poky (12-3-3), which plays Bonneville on Friday in a loser-out game.
“I think we showed we deserve to be here at state,” Davis said.
COEUR D’ALENE CHARTER 6, AMERICAN FALLS 0
American Falls’ shaky start was costly in Thursday’s 6-0 loss to Coeur d’Alene Charter in the first round of the 3A state tournament at Vallivue High School.
CdA Charter, the three-time defending state champion, led 5-0 by halftime.
“We were a bit intimidated or nervous at the start, and Coeur d’Alene was very technically sound,” Beavers coach Nate Armstrong said. “We have several key players with nagging injuries and they were just too much for us.”
A.F. improved after halftime, limiting CdA Charter to one goal the rest of the way. Armstrong highlighted the play of freshmen Brisa Leon and Kaylee Hunt.
American Falls (12-8) plays Sun Valley Community School on Friday in a loser-out game.