A recent string of solid defensive efforts continued Monday for the Wood River High School boys' varsity soccer team in a Great Basin Conference West league game at Jerome. Wood River prevailed 4-0 to sweep the season series.
Junior midfielder/forward Travis Amick put Wood River on the board for a 1-0 half-time lead. After senior Spencer Flade twirled the twine in the second half, Amick added his second goal of the game and senior Bill Dankanyin closed the scoring with his first goal.
Austin McCann, another one of coach Farrell Swain's 12 seniors, assisted on each of the four goals. "We played pretty well," Swain said. Wood River (10-0-0 all-time against Jerome) has outscored the Tigers 49-8 in the soccer rivalry—9-0 this year. Jerome fell to 1-9-1.
Wood River (8-3-1, 5-0 league) stretched its season-best winning streak to four. The Wolverines have allowed only five goals in the past eight games—and three were scored by Pocatello in the 3-1 Indian win Sept. 19 in Hailey. The Wolverines boast five shutouts during the successful eight-game span.
But things will begin to heat up Saturday, Oct. 8 when the Wolverines renew their long rivalry with The Community School for a 2 p.m. game at South Valley Sports Complex soccer field in Hailey.
It will be a tune-up for the big encounter—Monday's league finale at defending league tournament champ Burley (11-2, 4-1 league). The Bobcats, 7-1 winners over Jerome last Wednesday and 3-0 winners over Minico Monday, are smarting from their 2-1 road loss to Wood River Sept. 21.
Wood River (11-4-3 all-time against Burley) needs to beat Burley to win another regular-season league title and secure homefield advantage in the case of another meeting between the teams in the Great Basin tourney finale Oct. 18.