Excellent team efforts and timely goals sparked the Wood River Middle School soccer teams to season-opening 3-0 (boys) and 2-1 (girls) victories over the Burley Bobcats on the Burley soccer pitch Tuesday.
Seventh-grader Sam Brown's first goal in the boys' game turned out to be the only goal Wood River needed. Desmond Porth dribbled deep into the defense and dropped the ball back to Steven Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer crossed to the far post and Brown scored.
Pfeiffer had another assist and a solid goal from the top of the 18-yard line, and Drew Morse scored a highly technical volley.
Coach Adam Porth said, "Overall, a great and dominating performance with lots of passing, combination plays and many shots. There were only two attacks on our goal and our defense shut them down."
Girls' coach Brandeis Coshow also appreciated the effort of her team in its one-goal victory.
After dribbling through four defenders, seventh-grader Cheyenne Stopol scored the first goal of the season. Burley equalized before half.
Only a few minutes remained when Olivia Thornton shot the game-winning goal to the top right corner after a Keara Gammon assist.