STATE SOCCER: Trojans boys win on PKs, advance to 5A title match

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EAGLE — The Post Falls boys soccer team has been waiting almost a year to prove itself to the rest of the state.

Tonight at 6 p.m., PDT, that wait will end.

Diego Esquivel scored in the 21st minute, then scored the clinching goal in a shootout to send the Trojans past the Boise Braves 2-1 in a state 5A semifinal match at Eagle High on Friday.

Post Falls (12-3-0), which won the shootout 4-2, will face Borah High (14-4-1) of Boise in tonight’s championship match at Rocky Mountain High in Meridian.

“These guys have been waiting for the opportunity to show the doubters they’re a top contender in the state,” said Post Falls coach Gabe Lawson, who coached the team to the 2012 title. “Last year, we felt we should have been here (at state), and where we’re at proves that. And it proved a lot in this team’s desire to make a statement. We trained for each scenerio we faced, and felt really ready for whatever was thrown at us today. Boise, they’re a very difficult team and we knew at some point, we’d have to go through them. This was one of those games as coaches we hope to be a part of.”

In the shootout, Post Falls, which shot first, picked up goals from Eli Gregory, Kadin Perry and Nick Morris and led 3-2 after four shooters. Boise, the defending state champion, missed its first two attempts, then made the third and fourth. Esquivel, the Trojans’ fifth shooter, scored to end the match.

Boise (16-2-1) faces Hillcrest in the third place game today.

First half — 1, PF, Diego Esquivel (Ethan Lawson), 21:00. Second half — 2, Boise, own goal, 60:00. First overtime — none. Second overtime — none.

Shots on goal — PF 6, Boise 8.

Saves — PF, Tanner McCliment-Call 2; Boise, unknown 3.

Mountain View 1

Coeur d’Alene 0

MERIDIAN — For the second straight day, it was the chances the Vikings didn’t finish that cost them.

Bailey Ward scored in the 50th minute for the Mavericks in a win over the Vikings in a state 5A loser out game at Rocky Mountain High, ending Coeur d’Alene’s season at 10-5-2.

“We played well today, and had a lot of chances, but just didn’t finish them,” Coeur d’Alene coach Jeff Lake said. “It took us a while to get going. Our warmups were when it was still dark out, and it was raining sideways. I thought we dominated the second half, but just couldn’t find the back of the net. And they did.”

Mountain View (11-6-2) advances to face Madison (8-9-2) in the consolation championship match today at Eagle High.

First half — none. Second half — 1, MV, Bailey Ward (unassisted), 50:00.

Shots on goal — Cd’A 7, MV 10.

Saves — Cd’A, Shawn McKeeken 8; MV, unknown 6.


Centennial 4

Lake City 1

MERIDIAN — It was a 10 minute stretch between the end of the first half and second half that kept the Timberwolves from a third straight state 5A championship appearance.

Annica Wilson opened the scoring on an assist from Chloe Teets in the 13th minute, but the Patriots scored four unanswered — including three in a 13 minute span — in a semifinal match at Rocky Mountain High.

Lake City (9-2-4) will face Rocky Mountain (14-7-2) of Meridian in the third place match today at Meridian High. Lake City beat Rocky Mountain in last year’s title match at Coeur d’Alene High.

“It was just a bad 10 minute stretch that was really tough to climb back from,” Lake City coach Matt Ruchti said. “It was a closer game than the scoreboard said. We’re looking forward to playing for third. It’s tough to win games and trophies down here, but we’re hoping to do that tomorrow.”

Centennial (18-2-0), which beat Lake City in the 2015 title match, will face Mountain View of Meridian in tonight’s title match at Rocky Mountain.

First half — 1, LC, Annica Wilson (Chloe Teets), 13:00. 2, Cen, Payton Anderson (unassisted), 21:00. 3, Cen, Makayla Christensen (unassisted), 37:00. Second half — 4, Cen, Josie Bush (unassisted), 45:00. 5, Cen, Christensen (unassisted), 50:00.

Shots on goal — LC 6, Cen 11.

Saves — LC, Capi Halliday 7; Cen, unknown 5.


Cd’A Charter 1

Marsh Valley 0

CALDWELL — Emma Bartlett tallied the game’s only goal in the 59th minute, lifting the defending state champion Panthers past the Eagles of Arimo in a semifinal game of the 3A girls soccer tournament at Vallivue High.

Coeur d’Alene Charter (16-0-1) advanced to the state title game for the fourth straight year, and will face Shelley (17-2-0) today at 9 a.m. PDT at Middleton High. The Panthers will be seeking their third state title, having also won in 2014.

“What a game,” Coeur d’Alene Charter coach Stacy Smith said. “The girls played emotionally and fierce today. Although it was not always the prettiest soccer, they were relentless. They were not going to back down. So proud of what they’ve accomplished as a group this year. We’ll see what we have left in our tanks for tomorrow.”

Marsh Valley (14-3-1) plays Weiser (16-2-1) for third place today.

First half — none. Second half — 1, Charter, Emma Bartlett (unassisted), 59:00.

Shots on goal — Charter 10, MV 4.

Saves — Charter, Mercedes Zepeda 3; MV, unknown, 7.

Timberlake 1

Declo 0

CALDWELL — The give-and-go worked out great on the soccer field for the Tigers in a loser-out match.

Shelby Starr scored off an assist from Georgina Simpson in the 50th minute as the Tigers beat the Hornets in a state 3A tournament consolation game at Vallivue High.

“We just didn’t give up,” Timberlake coach Steve Michael said. “It was a really evenly played match and just knew we had to win to move on. And we weren’t ready to come home. We were able to play much better possession soccer today and were able to connect on some passes and scored on a give-and-go right up the middle of the field.”

Timberlake (13-5-1) will face Community School (18-1-1), the District 4 champion, today at 9 a.m. in the consolation championship match.

Declo, the District 4 runner-up, finishes 12-6-0.

First half — none. Second half — 1, TL, Shelby Starr (Georgina Simpson), 50:00.

Shots on goal — Declo 9, TL 12.

Saves — Declo, unknown 8; TL, Karissa Willis 8.

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