Fruitland soccer

Fruitland’s Brian Ramirez (6) runs up to Weiser’s Triston Kautz (5) during the Snake River Valley District Championship game on Oct. 17. The Grizzlies lost 3-2 to the Wolverines.

Through the first month of the soccer season, the Fruitland boys soccer team was lost. The Grizzlies held a 1-7-2 record and were battling with Payette for who would be last in the district. In a tough Snake River Valley conference, the Grizzlies’ lone wins came against Payette, who finished the season with a 0-13-2 record.

But when the district tournament came around, the Grizzlies shifted into high gear.

On Oct. 15, Fruitland stunned the league with a 2-0 win over McCall, denying the Vandals a repeat bid for the district championship. Two days later, the Grizzlies nearly mounted a comeback in the district title game. Trailing Weiser 2-0 at halftime, the Grizzlies came within inches of a huge upset against the Wolverines, but fell 3-2.

The Fruitland boy soccer team ended its 2019 season with a 4-11-2 record in Jose Ramirez’s second year at the helm.

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