PRESTON 2, CENTURY 1
Preston capitalized on Century’s miscues and beat the Diamondbacks 2-1 on Wednesday in Pocatello.
Shortly after Century took a 1-0 lead on Sari Shutes’ goal early in the first half, a handball gave Preston a penalty kick, which Quincy Hyde converted to tie it 1-all.
Still tied late in the game, Century misfired on an empty net, and the Indians promptly scored the go-ahead goal — Hyde again with the finish.
“We were too timid,” Century coach Matt Shutes said. “We stood back and watched while they went and won the ball. We weren’t aggressive enough, and it hurt us.”
“It was a good team victory,” Preston coach Brandon Lyon added. “We definitely weren’t at our best, but the girls battled throughout.
Century (2-2, 2-1 4A District 4-5) plays Saturday at Twin Falls, while Preston (2-1-1, 2-0-1 4A District 4-5) hosts Pocatello the same day.
POCATELLO 10, BURLEY 0
Pocatello notched its second consecutive shutout Wednesday, 10-0 over Burley at home.
Adi Spillett led the scoring barrage with five goals. The Indians have tallied at least six goals in all three games this season.
“Adi has stepped up as a great captain and example of giving her all and leaving it all on the field,” Poky coach Eric Davis said. “All of our players are playing beautifully.”
Raquel Trogden, Alexis Hubbard, Lexi Bott and Lily Ottley also scored for the Indians (3-0, 3-0 4A District 4-5), who play Saturday at Preston.
POCATELLO 3, MOUNTAIN HOME 0
Pocatello stayed unbeaten with a 3-0 win Wednesday at Mountain Home, 25-8, 25-13, 25-16.
Madison Wilkes tallied 18 assists and five aces, while Megan Rowe led the offense with eight kills. The win counts double for the Indians, since they only meet Mountain Home once during the regular season.
Pocatello (2-0, 3-0 4A District 4-5) plays Friday and Saturday at Highland’s Peg Peterson tournament.
CENTURY 3, BURLEY 0
Century opened its home season with a 3-0 win Wednesday against Burley, beating the Bobcats 25-15, 25-17, 25-16.
Abby Christensen led the offense with 11 kills, Lexi Bull had 29 assists and six kills, and Preslie Merrill led the defense with 12 digs.
“We served pretty tough,” Diamondbacks coach Breanne Robinson said. “It took us a bit to get in rhythm, but I thought our hitters did a really good job out of system and kept attacking, even when we weren’t firing on all cylinders.”
Century (2-0, 2-0 4A District 4-5) plays Friday and Saturday at a tournament in Lehi, Utah.
MARSH VALLEY 2, WEST SIDE 1
GRACE 2, MARSH VALLEY 0
Marsh Valley split its home tri-match Wednesday, beating West Side 2-1 (22-25, 33-31, 15-11) before falling 2-0 to Grace (23-25 8-25). Sam Wilding paced the Eagles with 14 kills and two aces.
“Our first match, they did well in finishing and beating West Side,” Marsh Valley coach Kimberly Call said. “The second match, there’s room for improvement.”
Marsh Valley (1-2) plays Friday and Saturday at Highland’s Peg Peterson tournament, while West Side plays Thursday at Logan, Utah, and Grace plays Thursday at Bear Lake.
MACKAY 3, GRACE LUTHERAN 0
Grace Lutheran fell 3-0 at Mackay on Wednesday in its season opener. The Ryoals were bested 3-25, 8-25, 21-25.
“Hopefully, we worked some early-season jitters out against a good Mackay team,” Grace Lutheran coach Ryan Strehlow said.
The Royals (0-1, 0-1 1A DII District 4-5) host North Gem and Sho-Ban on Thursday.
BURLEY 3, POCATELLO 1
Pocatello played Burley to a scoreless halftime draw before falling 3-1 on the road Wednesday.
Logan Johnson scored to cut Burley’s 2-0 lead to 2-1 in the second half, but that’s the only goal the Indians got.
“We’re playing well and we’re creating chances, but our finishing is not good,” Poky coach George Asboe said. “Our defense played really good today, maybe the best defensive outing we’ve had so far.”
Pocatello (0-4, 0-3 4A District 4-5) hosts Preston on Saturday.