Sugar-Salem’s boys team took home its fourth-straight state title Friday topping Teton 6-3 at South Fremont High School.
The Diggers scored their first goal 15 seconds into the game when Ricardo Contreras set a ball deep that Teton miskicked and Kyle Brunson tracked down to hit the ball over Teton’s keeper and into the net.
Sugar scored three more goals(Brunson, Eddie Tafoya, Contreras) before Teton scored about halfway through the second half.
“We just came out flying out of the gate and pressed really hard,” said Sugar-Salem head coach Scott Terry. .
Teton scored 15 minutes into the second half to draw within two goals but Brunson hit a left footed goal into the corner of the net to kill Teton’s momentum.
Mason Kinghorn scored the Diggers final goal off of an assist from Devin Peterson. Teton scored with about 15 minutes left in the game.
Terry said South Fremont’s shorter field played a role in the Diggers’ prolific night but his teams’ aggressive attitude helped too. Sugar scored more goals(6) in Wednesday’s title game than it had scored in their other two matches against Teton(5).
“We were disappointed in our finishing ability (in the first two games)—the chances that we had squandered in some of the previous meetings,” Terry said. “We really pounded into their heads throughout this year and especially in the last couple of days, ‘if we get chances we’re going to finish them.’”
Sugar scored on six of the 17 shots they took.
“It was something in our brain that we were working on that we were going to finish our chances,” Terry said. “And they did. We have a lot of good offensive players and we did not let those chances go by today”
The Diggers enter next week’s 3A state tournament as the third seed. American Falls, who they beat 2-1 in each of the two games where they matched up, has the two seed. Sun Valley Community School has the state title in each of the last three seasons.
Terry believes his team can win it all.
“This team can accomplish anything,” Terry said. “If they come out and they play with consistency, they play together and nobody tries to play more than what they need to in their position,this team could go all the way.”