Sugar-Salem Advances Past Bliss
MARK JONES/Standard Journal — Sugar-Salem's Vince Tafoya heads up field with a North Fremont defender close behind in a match held on Oct. 10 in Ashton. Tafoya scored two goals Friday, helping the Diggers keep their season alive in a 2-1 win over Bliss at the 3A state tournament in Buhl. Sugar-Salem will play The Community School in today's consolation title match.

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BUHL – Through the first two days of the 3A boys soccer tournament in Buhl, the Sugar-Salem Diggers have played role reversals with their opponents.

The Diggers opened the tournament Thursday with a 2-0 loss to Bonners Ferry, a team that Sugar-Salem had defeated at last season's state tournament.

Then on Friday, Sugar-Salem kept its season alive with a 2-1  win over Bliss in a loser-out match.

Bliss defeated Sugar-Salem in the second round of state in 2006.

"We're going in reverse from last year," said Sugar-Salem coach Oscar Bustos.

In Friday's win, a familiar face led the Diggers to the win.

Senior Vince Tafoya scored both of Sugar-Salem's goals Friday en route to ending Bliss' season.

Tafoya scored on a penalty kick in the 13th minute of the first half. He added the second goal in the 25th minute of the second half.

On the season, Tafoya has scored 41 goals. He now has 92 goals for his career at Sugar-Salem, which stands as a school record.

 The difference in Friday's match was getting the Diggers focused.

"We had a good talk with them (Thursday night) and motivating them," Bustos said. "But the biggest motivation is to come to state to play three games."

The Diggers will now move on to play The Community School Cutthroats, out of Ketchum, for the 3A state consolation title today at 11 a.m.

The Community School came to state with a 15-0-1 record, but lost its first match of the season to Orofino in Thursday's opening round.

"They got some big players," the Sugar-Salem coach said. "And a few good players. We're going to do our best to matchup."

But the Diggers expect another stiff challenge in today's match.

"Everything changes when you come to state," Bustos said.

In other 3A action on Friday, Bonners Ferry defeated American Falls by a score of 7-4, while Payette defeated Orofino.

Bonners Ferry and Payette will play for the 3A title today.

COEUR D'ALENE – The Madison boys soccer team had its season conclude Friday with a tough 2-1 loss to Timberline in a loser-out match in the 5A boys tournament in Coeur d'Alene.

The Bobcats scored first on a goal by Caleb Call early in the first half. He was assisted by Matt Goodwin on the goal.

Timberline got the equalizer  late in the first half before scoring the second goal midway through the second half.

"In the second half, we had several chances to score," said Madison coach Joe Paredes. "But we just couldn't get it in the back of the net."

Despite coming up short in the match, the Madison coach was happy with the way his team played.

"We played well," he said. "I was pleased with how we performed. Now we know we can compete with those other teams."

Madison finishes the season with a 13-5-4 record.

On the girls' side, the Lady Bobcats dropped a disappointing 8-1 loss to Sandpoint on Friday in a loser-out contest in Coeur d'Alene.

Mary Orchard scored Madison's lone goal of the match, while Lexi Chapman and Heather Palmer combined to have 11 saves in the match.

Madison finishes the season with a 11-9-1 record.

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