add up to 5-2 win
Deep Wolverine arsenal
With a dazzling display of unselfish passing, the Wood
River High School boysí soccer team exploded for four second-half goals and beat
their arch rivals from The Community School 5-2 Monday afternoon in Hailey.
K.C. Rivera, Wood Riverís senior
co-captain, flies through The Community School defense Monday in Hailey.
Rivera scored the first goal and added three second-half assists to spark Wood
Riverís 5-2 win. Express photo by David N. Seelig
Of the four goals in a 15-minute span starting the
second half, Wolverine senior co-captain K.C. Rivera assisted on three. The
skilled midfielder from Carey had his best game with brilliant lead passes that
cranked the dangerous Hailey offense into gear.
Coach Brian Daluiso of Wood River said, "In the
second half we did more of what we wanted to do."
What Wood River wanted to do was sweep the season
series with the Cutthroats and thus earn the top seed and home field advantage
for the eight-team Fourth District 3A boysí tournament starting Saturday, Oct.
The Wolverines, drawing closer to a new school
record for most goals, accomplished their mission convincingly. Their top five
scorersóMaicol Corrales (26 goals), Rivera (10), Shane Cordeau (9), Chase
Cleveland (9) and Tate Mills (8)óeach scored goals.
Wood River (averaging 5.5 goals per game) used its
superior speed to dominate the ball control for 80 minutes and wear down the
brave Cutthroat defense. The Wolverines were always on the verge of breaking
loose and scoring. Five times, they did.
"Thatís a good team," said Cutthroat coach Richard
Whitelaw admiring Wood Riverís speed and depth.
The Wolverines, 5-1 winners over Sun Valley Sept.
10, snapped the eight-game Cutthroat unbeaten streak this season. Remarkably, it
was the first Community School league loss in 33 games covering three seasons.
Wood River out-shot the Cutthroats 23-6 and the
score would have been worse without Cutthroat goalkeeper Luke Fostvedt (15
saves). The Wolverines had a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks and their goalkeeper,
Tristan Potters, made only three saves.
Nearly forgotten with the lopsided final score was
the fact that it was only 1-1 at halftime. Wood River struck first when
Cleveland, back after drawing a yellow card, was the middle man on a slick
Corrales-to-Cleveland passing play that Rivera cleanly finished.
Incredibly, Cutthroat junior Bobby Flanigan (12
goals) dribbled through the entire Wood River defense and scored with one minute
left to halftime. Whitelaw said, "It was an amazing goal." Flanigan earned "Man
of the Match," honors for the game.
Wood River out-shot the Cutthroats 13-3 in the
first half and Fostvedt was great with nine strong saves. Seniors Ash Higgins
and captain Taylor Rothgeb led the Cutthroat defense that constantly scrambled
to match Wood Riverís passing and speed.
The beginning of the Cutthroat end started in the
first minute of the second half when Rivera lead-passed to Mills who crossed to
Cleveland for one of the prettiest goals youíll see. Still, there was no quit in
Excellent hustle by Cutthroat senior Yancy Caldwell
ended up in a Caldwell goal that floated over Pottersí head into the Hailey net.
A collision on the scoring play sent Caldwell for medical attention with a
So, it was 2-2 six minutes after half. Then it was
over, Wood River exploding for three goals in six minutes.
Rivera sent Cordeau ahead for an impending
collision with keeper Fostvedt, but Cordeau managed to lift the ball toward the
goal and Corrales finished for the eventual game winner.
Once again, Rivera dished to Cordeau, who scored.
Then, Corrales returned the favor with a bang-bang play that Mills finished for
a 5-2 game.
So Wood River (28-18-3 in the series, 16-4-2 home)
won the 49th meeting of the schools over 21 seasons and wrapped up the Hailey
schoolís most lopsided season soccer sweep over the Cutthroats since 1984.
Coach Daluiso saluted his defensive reserves, Dixon
Mooseau and Reno Christino, who came in and did a fine job at backs with senior
co-captain and sweeper Matt Hansen playing his usual steady game. Sagen Howard
also had a very heady game.
Wood River (12-3-1, 7-1-1 home, 6-0 league) visits
Filer today, Wednesday for its final regular-season game. The Cutthroats (8-2-2,
6-1-2 home, 4-1-1 league) hosts Wendell Thursday, Oct. 16 at 4:30 p.m. at
On Saturday, Wood River opens the tournament with a
1 p.m. game against #8-seeded Filer at South Valley Sports Complex soccer field.
At the same time at Browning Field, The Community School will start the district
tourney against #7-seeded Declo.
If the two local teams win Saturdayís game and
advance with semi-final home victories Monday in games due to start at 4 p.m.,
they would collide again for the district title Thursday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. on
Wood Riverís home field.
The Community School has won two straight district
tournament titles, last yearís 4-0 over Wood River.
Leading the Idahosports.com 3A power poll is
two-time defending state champion Payette (12-1), which has outscored opponents
66-6. Ranked second is McCall-Donnelly (13-1-2, 5.2 goals per game), a 4-0
winner over Emmett Saturday and 3-1 over Weiser Monday. Wood River is now ranked
third in Idaho 3A polls.