After falling in PKs in their state tournament opener, Sugar-Salem’s boys soccer team bounced back winning two straight to take the consolation title.
The Diggers beat Timberlake 3-0 Friday then won 1-0 over McCall-Donnelly on Saturday.
Nathan Dayley, Devin Petterson and Mason Kinghorn were the three goal scorers for Sugar against Timberlake and each notched an assist on one of their teammates’ goals as well.
Sugar nearly scored in the first half against McCall but the goal was called off due to a handball earlier in the play.
Landon Bingham poked in the game winner off of a rebound from a Kinghorn header off of a corner kick.
As was the case with nearly every team in a soccer state tournament this year, the Diggers had to endure cold temperatures for the win.
“The howling freezing wind bit into the players on the field, but both teams played through it,” said Sugar-Salem coach Glenn Dayley.
Sugar’s consolation championship is their third trophy-earning accomplishment of the year after the Diggers won the district championship and the 3A State Academic Championship. Though Sugar finished affectively a spot behind where they did last season(4th) the Diggers ended on a more positive note this year.
“We had a good tournament and a great season,” Dayley said. “Our four seniors Porter Hibbert, Will Parker, Conner Kennedy, and Nathan Dayley did what all seniors should do: they set the tone for the team all season with their hard work and leadership. We will give it all another try again next year — hopefully, without the snow.”
Madison’s boys team was also slated to play in their consolation title game Saturday but it was cancelled due to weather.
The Bobcats went 1-1 in the state tournament overall falling 3-0 to Eagle in the first round then winning 1-0 over Post Falls in the consolation bracket.
A young Madison girls team went 0-2 in the tournament falling 12-0 to Rock Mountain and 1-0 to Lake City in the consolation semifinals.