Wednesday, September 8, 2004

Soccer teams stay on the plus side

WRHS boys, girls prevail

Willie Meyers of Wood River keeps the ball away from Twin Falls during the 3-3 tie between the two team in Hailey Aug. 28. Photo by David N. Seelig

In an abbreviated schedule because of the Labor Day holiday, the Wood River High School boys? and girls? varsity soccer teams stayed unbeaten last week. And the boys posted their first victory of the 2004 campaign.

Coach Farrell Swain?s Wolverine boys (1-0-1) were all over the host Minico Spartans 5-0 for their first Great Basin Conference West league triumph Thursday. Wood River entertained Pocatello yesterday, Tuesday.

Wood River capitalized on a pair of own goals for a 2-0 halftime lead. Austin McCann?s corner kick led to the first score, and Bryce Newcomb?s cross prompted the second goal.

Carl Jablonski, McCann and Ted Dankanyin tallied second-half goals giving first-year coach Swain her first varsity win. She said, ?It was a good start for us in league play. We possessed the ball well, and Audie (McCann) makes a huge impact.?

McCann had been injured colliding his head with the Twin Falls goalkeeper during the season-opening 3-3 home tie with Twin Falls Aug. 28.

The Wood River boys are ranked fourth behind Century, Emmett and Mountain Home in a recent 4A boys? soccer poll.

In Hailey last Thursday, coach Greg Gvozdas; Wood River girls (3-0, 1-0 league) dominated the Minico Spartans and recorded a 3-0 league triumph. The Wolverines out-shot Minico 17-1 in the first half and 31-2 for the entire 80 minutes.

The hustle of senior forward Ireland King sparked Wood River all game. But it was junior Margii Driscoll scoring twice, once in each half, and sophomore Calley Brown accounting for the other Wolverine goal.

Driscoll?s first goal came at the eight-minute mark when she bulled her way through three Spartan defenders and sent a twisting left-footed kick into the strings. Brown?s goal, also a left-footer, came from 22 yards just one minute before intermission.

Insurance came just 12 minutes into the second half when King alertly intercepted a goal kick and quickly crossed it to onrushing Driscoll in the box. Driscoll re-routed the ball into the Minico net for the 3-0 final score.

Sophomore Tara Cappel had four or five great chances in the first half, but most of her kicks flew over the net. On defense, Danielle Smith, Gina Thomas and Katie Jensen led the way.

Co-captain Ashley Mardian injured her ankle and had to sit out a good part of the second half for Hailey. Wood River had 12 corner kicks but didn?t convert on any of them.

Wood River is now ranked third behind defending state champion Century (2-0) and Emmett in the girls? soccer poll. Century whomped Jerome 13-1 last week.

The Hailey girls played at Pocatello Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the injury-depleted Community School girls? played essentially a junior varsity team against State 3A champ American Falls Thursday and dropped a 5-0 road decision.

Games coming up this week for the valley?s soccer teams:

WRHS boys? varsity: Home against Preston Saturday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. on the main soccer field, and a league game against Jerome Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 4:30 p.m. on the Hailey pitch.

Community School boys? varsity: Three league games, home against Declo Friday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. on Browning Field, and home against Filer Saturday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. followed by a trip to Wendell Monday for a 5 p.m. contest.

WRHS girls? varsity: Home against Preston Saturday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. on the Phil Homer football field in Hailey, and a league game at Jerome Tuesday.

Community School girls? varsity: Two league games, home against Declo Friday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. at Sagewillow Farms, then a game at Wendell Monday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. followed by a home game against Twin Falls Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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