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.