Friday, September 30, 2005

Girls blank Minico at home, boys squeak by on road

Express Staff Writer

Calley Brown looks to control the ball against Minico on Wednesday. Brown scored a goal in the second half to help the Wolverines beat Minico 7-0 at home.

With top-ranked Century looming on Saturday, Wood River girl's soccer recorded its second shutout in three days beating Minico 7-0 at home on Wednesday.

The Wolverines led 3-0 at the half with goals from Nicole Schulz, Aimee Evans and Kaitlin Gasenica. Sam Johnson, Calley Brown, Ellen Ard, and Kacie Femling all scored in the second half as Wood River boosted its overall record to 9-1-2. Wood River out-shot Minico 35-10, according to assistant coach Rob Butterfield.

Margii Driscoll, who's two goals away from breaking the single season scoring record of 30, set by Charlotte Gourlay in 2004, rested an injured leg in the second half but is expected to play tomorrow.

Wood River head coach Greg Gvozdas said Driscoll is not focused on the record, but on "getting the team to states."

With shutouts of Pocatello (3-0) on Wednesday and Burley (5-0) last Wednesday, Gvozdas said he's "pretty happy" with his team's defensive play.

He mentioned defensive anchors Michele McMurdo, Kallie Skahill, Kacie Femling, Laura Elgee and goal keeper Caiti Leo as stepping up big to capture another shut-out.

Wood River and Century have yet to play this season. The Diamondbacks are undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 4A.

Gvozdas said the key to a victory will be another strong effort from the defense, solid play mid-field play, and capitalizing on scoring opportunities.

Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. Saturday at Century.

Boys win 2-1

Wood River boy's soccer beat Minico 2-1 on the road Wednesday, but head coach Farrell Swain wasn't pleased with the effort.

"I expected them to play much better than they did," Swain said. "They're not playing very consistent, they're not playing very well."

Junior Carl Jablonski scored the Wolverines first goal, an assist from sophomore Ross Parsons. Senior Spencer Cordovano scored the game winner with a corner kick that bounced off the goalies hands into the net.

Swain said complacency and a lack of consistency continue to dog the Wolverines, who are now 7-3-1.

"We get overconfident," Swain said. "We beat Minico 5-1 earlier this season, and I think we went in and thought we would walk all over them."

Swain said her team needs to work on playing "simple, smart soccer," and avoid overconfidence as the district tournament nears.

The Wolverines play Jerome on Monday. Wood River blanked the Tigers 5-0 earlier this season, but Swain said it could be much closer this time around if her team doesn't show up to play.

"If they show up, we'll beat them," Swain said. "If not, it will be a game."

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