Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Wolverine girls improve to 8-0-1 on soccer pitch

Wood River fights off D'Backs

Adding another triumph to an impressive season, the Wood River High School girls' varsity soccer team swept the season series with the Middleton Vikings by a 5-1 score Saturday in the Treasure Valley.

Wood River (8-0-1, 2-0 league) made the most of the long bus ride with a dominating performance. Sophomore forward Sam Johnson (9 goals) posted her second three-goal hat trick in the past three games.

Sophomore Aimee Evans (10 goals), who has scored in seven of the nine Hailey games, opened the scoring and assisted on Johnson's second goal giving the visitors a 3-0 halftime lead over last year's State 3A consolation champions.

Brianna Hull-Mullins (7 goals), senior midfielder, made it 4-0 in the second half and Johnson completed the scoring with a rebound of an Elsa Sweek shot for the 5-1 final score. Middleton fell to 3-5-1 on the year.

Tuesday, the highly regarded Wolverines hosted the Minico Spartans trying to build upon a 16-0 series mastery of Minico dating back to 1995. Wood River has outscored the Spartans 107-3 in those games.

Highlight of the coming week is likely to be Saturday's clash with The Community School at 2 p.m. at Sagewillow Farms in Elkhorn.

Wood River coach Greg Gvozdas said, "We're really looking forward to playing The Community School."

The Wolverines lead the 20-game varsity soccer series with the Cutthroats 12-3-5 and has won three straight meetings including last year's 3-0 victory in Hailey. The Cutthroats last won 2-1 in an overtime shootout in 2002 on the Hailey pitch.

The Wolverines have a make-up Great Basin Conference West game with Jerome on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 4:30 p.m. at South Valley Sports Complex soccer field in Hailey.

It will be "Senior Night" when Jerome arrives Tuesday as Wood River will salute Calley Brown, co-captains Kacie Femling and Danielle Smith, Tara Cappel, Alexa Turzian, Kaitlin Gasenica, Ellen Ard and Brianna Hull-Mullins.

Two more road games at Minico and Jerome end the regular season.

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