stumble, regroup at state soccer
Express Sports Writer
things unfolded, the first day of the State 3A soccer tournament seemed
more like a Monday than a Thursday for Wood Riverís girls.
dominating their game against Weiser, the defending state champion
Wolverines (16-4-1) came out on the short end of a 2-1 score in the
opening game of the State 3A tournament in Buhl Thursday.
District champ Weiser Wolverines (12-3-7) scored two goals in the final
six minutes for the major upset.
were fortunate to come out on top," Weiser coach Bruce Winegar said.
"Itís one of our biggest wins of the season."
the loss, Wood River regrouped to finish fourth in the eight-team tourney,
beating Bonners Ferry 5-0 Friday and Preston 5-1 Saturday for the
state championship was last yearís runner-up McCall/Donnelly (17-2-2) by
a 2-0 score over Weiser. McCall also beat Preston 3-2 and South Fremont
2-0 during state.
Tough first game
unseasonably warm and sunny in Buhl Thursday.
discernable chill in the air was directed by Wood River supporters at
referee Tom Dater of Boise.
center official, awarded Weiser a penalty kick with the score tied 1-1 and
five minutes and 30 seconds left in the game. He called a flagrant foul
after Weiserís Cyndi Moore fell down in the box.
foul came from behind. Wood River was knocking her all the way down the
field. The player was out of control," Dater said, although he could
not name the Wood River player he whistled for the foul.
claimed that the game "was not physical at all," although he
called 13 fouls in the second half, including six against Wood River.
coach Doug Stouffer remarked, "There could have been a foul there. I
think the tough part is the ref had not been calling fouls early in the
game and to start calling them that late is not fair. But bad breaks
Huston converted the ensuing penalty kick to secure a 2-1 triumph for
the result even more bitter for Wood River is that it was a game they
could have and should have won.
Wolverines had a 22-7 shot advantage over Weiser, but Wolverine goalie
Keri Huston kept her team in the game with several quality saves.
scoreless first half, misdirection and movement led to Wood Riverís only
Dondero chipped the ball to Kipp Mills, who headed it to a slicing Jenna
Schweizer to score in the 68th minute.
minutes later, Weiserís Jessica Stakkeland broke loose, beat a pushed-up
defense and converted for a 1-1 tie. Then the penalty kick was awarded
brought it to us, but we stepped up," Weiser coach Winegar remarked.
sadness was palpable after the game.
was a heartbreaker," said Stouffer, who felt Wood River outplayed the
awesome display of pride and power, the Wolverines played Bonners Ferry
off the field the following day.
people were saying they didnít even want to play after the Weiser
game," senior co-captain Erin Elgee said. "But Stouffer talked
to us about keeping our heads up and showing everyone that we were
supposed to be here."
no disbelievers after Wood River dispatched the Badgers 5-0.
slotted a long crossing shot and Robin Kearns beat the goalie on a 1-v-1
for a 2-0 lead in a half in which Wood River held a 12-0 shot advantage.
dramatic and charismatic Dondero put her talent to work on the next two
the third goal of the game taking the ball down the wing and nailing a
On the teamís
fourth goal, a free kick, she touched the ball to Elgee and then fell down
to distract the goalie. The set play (designed by assistant coach Greg
Gvozdas) fooled the Badgers and worked to perfection.
netted the final goal.
think the girls really responded," Stouffer said. "They got
right back on their feet."
Wood River scored four goals in the first half en route to a polished 5-1
win over Preston in the consolation final for fourth place.
think it was bittersweet," Erin Elgee remarked. "Ending with a
win was good, but it wasnít exactly where we planned on being. We played
it like we would any other game, though. We went out hard."
teamís leading scorer, netted a hat trick against Preston to finish with
23 goals this season, 43 for her career. Mills tallied a pair of goals to
finish with 15.
remarked, "I noticed that after the first day, no other team scored
more then three goals in the tournament. We scored 10. That makes a
statement as well."
unexpected outcome for favored Wood River, Erin Elgee spoke for the team
when she said the biggest part of her memories wonít consist of wins and
losses, but of the friendships forged.
have played with most of these girls since the sixth grade," she
said. "Itís been so great to play so long together and there is a
strong friendship between everyone.
main memory will probably be the spaghetti feeds we had the night before
each game. We would just hang out talking about who knows what."
posting a 33-4-3 record and outscoring opponents 202-26 the past two
years, Wood River will graduate nine seniors; Kipp Mills, Jenna Schweizer,
Ashley Howe, Katie Dondero, Erin Elgee, Kristen Nelson, Brisa Ayub, Ashley
McQueen and Mot Galpin.
going to be hard watching them graduate," Stouffer said. "I am
going to miss them. But we are going to move on."
River final stats: Overall record 16-4-1. First place in district,
fourth at state. In six straight visits to state, Wood River is 18-6 with
two firsts, three thirds, one fourth.
95 goals (4.5). Defense: 21 goals (1.0). Nine shutouts.
scorers: Robin Kearns 23 goals, Kipp Mills 15, Jenna Schweizer 9, Erin
Elgee 8, Krista Burns 7, Katie Dondero 5, Ashley Howe 4, Charlotte Gourlay
4, Rebecca Schwartzenberger 3, Amie Thomas 3, Monique Lloyd 2, Tami
Harrison 2, Erin Northrop 2, Ashley McQueen 1, Kelly Hailsey 1, Kate Elgee
1, Shellie Skahill 1, Ireland King 1, Ashley Hurley 1, Natalie Safran 1.
defense makes its case
stingy at state soccer
first appearance at the state soccer tournament in two years, The
Community School girls finished 0-2, but it was far from a disappointing
experience for Mark Kranwinkleís youthful squad.
said, "It was important to get to state and see the quality of the
teams and realize that every team had a reason for being there.
remember what happened and next time we go back we will go back to
particularly strong for the Cutthroats.
Valleyís first game against previously-unbeaten South Fremont of St.
Anthony was a memorable one.
Cutthroats and Cougars dueled to a 1-1 tie Thursday during the State 3A
soccer Tournament in Buhl. It was settled by penalty kicks after two
scoreless overtime periods.
Valley took control early, with crisp inspired passing and several shots
on goal. The Cutthroats outshot the Cougars 14-3 in the match and were
given 14 free kicks to St. Anthonyís eight.
minutes remaining, midfielder Erika Connelly bobbed and weaved on the far
right and cracked the ball far left for a 1-0 lead.
minutes later, forward Alissa Praggastis knocked heads with a Cougar and
fell to the ground. Everyone stopped playing but Cougar junior forward
Tabi Quayle, who went in unchallenged for a 1-1 tie.
It was very
tense during two 10-minute overtime periods.
defender Abby Minford made two game-saving plays when goalie Kristen
Hickey was down and she cleared the ball out from behind her. Hickey also
stopped an indirect free kick.
It was all
Cutthroats in the second stanza. Langely McNeal and Cassidy Doucette both
had three quality shots at the goal which were saved by Cougar keeper
1-1, the decision went to penalty kicks. Kranwinkle had been hoping
against such an outcome.
never went to a shootout this year," he said. "We take penalty
shots in practice, but weíve never had to do it in a game."
experienced Cougars (13-2-2) converted three of their four shots, (Hickey
made one save) to one by the Cutthroats (Jenny Rutherford) and prevailed
by shootout, the final score 4-2.
thought Kristen did great," Kranwinkle said of his keeper. "I
was proud of her."
following day against Preston (10-7-1), Ketchum/Sun Valley surrendered
just one goal in each half but were eliminated with a 2-0 loss.
assessed, "We had expended so much energy and concentration (against
South Fremont) it was hard to get back into it on Friday."
The Community School (10-9) scored 50 goals and allowed 50 goals.
Langely McNeal had a team-best 16 goals. Erika Connelly scored 10, Morgan
Arritola 5, Jenny Rutherford 4, Amy Alexander 4, Cassidy Doucette 4, Kim
Brown 2, Kira Tenney 2, Abby Minford 1, Pauli Ochi 1, Elke Wiethorn 1 and
Scarlett Caldwell 1.
season was a huge success," Kranwinkle said. "Our main goals
were to have fun, play as a team and go to state. We did all those