Friday, September 24, 2004

Hailey boys rally past Indians 3-1

Win sets up Burley-WRHS grudge match

Wood River?s Spencer Cordovano (right) scores the header goal that provided insurance in his team?s 3-1 home win over Century last Thursday in Hailey. Photo by David N. Seelig

It wasn?t pretty, but the Wood River High School boys? varsity soccer team kept its unbeaten streak alive Tuesday with a 3-1 road win at Pocatello.

Goals by Bryce Newcomb, Carl Jablonski and Garrett Leo enabled Wood River (6-0-1, 2-0 league) to stretch its winning streak to six games. The Hailey defense has allowed just five goals in those six victories.

Nevertheless Wood River didn?t play its best, according to head coach Farrell Swain. The Hailey side may have overlooked Pocatello, a 7-1 loser to WR on the Hailey field Sept. 7.

?Pocatello beat us to the majority of the balls but we still had 17 shots compared to their two shots in the first half,? Swain said Wednesday.

Pocatello scored first, in the 25th minute, but Newcomb converted in a scramble to make it 1-1 at intermission.

In the second half Carl Jablonski scored his fifth goal on a header, from Byron Epp. Garrett Leo drilled home his first goal of the season on a 20-yard liner that dented the net for a huge insurance tally.

Swain acknowledged that Wood River would have to play a lot better than it did at Pocatello if the Wolverines hoped to challenge their top league rival Burley Thursday afternoon on the Bobcat pitch.

Burley whipped Twin Falls 6-2 Tuesday behind four goals by Eduardo Anguiano, who is one of the state?s top scorers.

?We?ve got to be a completely different team or we are not going to do well at Burley,? she said. ?At Pocatello we weren?t playing up to our potential?we couldn?t finish.?

Burley is Wood River?s top rival for the automatic State 4A berth that goes with the four-team district?s championship. The Bobcats (5-1-1, 2-0 league) entered Thursday?s grudge match unbeaten in six games following their season-opening 3-1 home loss to Twin Falls.

The Bobcats beat Wood River 2-0 in Burley last fall. The teams didn?t play from 2000-02. In Wood River?s 13-1-3 state championship season of 1999, the Wolverines were 2-0-1 against Burley including a 3-1 win on the Bobcat field.

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