Peppering the Jerome goal with shots all game, the Wood River High School girls' varsity soccer team stayed unbeaten in September with a 5-0 Great Basin Conference home win over the Jerome Tigers Monday.
Wood River out-shot Jerome 36-4 and claimed a 10-0 advantage in corner kicks on a blustery day in Hailey. Sophomore Teagen Palmer (8 goals season) notched her second consecutive three-goal hat trick as Wood River improved upon its 3-2 league win at Jerome Sept. 2.
Unbeaten in seven September games and outscoring opponents 38-6 in that streak, Wood River (6-2-1, 6-0-0 league) posted its fourth consecutive Great Basin shutout. Jerome (3-8-1, 3-3-0 league) couldn't free up its leading scorer, senior co-captain Aubrey Callen. Tiger goalkeeper TJ Surrage (28 saves) was extremely busy.
Earning the green jersey selected by the coaching staff as Wood River's top player for the game was sophomore Kaitana Martinez. She had perhaps her best outing, scoring her fourth goal of the season and distributing well all game.
Other green jersey winners to date have been sophomore sweeper Maddie Bates and sophomore wing Erin Murphy.
Wood River owned the midfield thanks to senior co-captain Ashley Hesteness and sophomore Megan Morrell. Both had assists, Morrell contributing two on lead passes that set up Palmer's second and third goals of the game.
Pleased to have contributions from a variety of players, coach Jenni Conrad said, "The last time we played Jerome we had 38 shots and only three went in. We've been working on finishing and it paid off."
The score could have been more lopsided. Hesteness and Maddie-Kate Currie both his the uprights with shots, and Martinez clanked one off the crossbar. Wood River sophomore goalkeeper Cheyenne Swanson made four saves.
It was 4-0 at halftime. Martinez passed to Palmer for the first goal at 20 minutes. A perfect lead pass from Morrell to Palmer made it 2-0 at 24 minutes. Shaylee Foley lofted a cross pass that keeper Surrage juggled and Martinez booted home at 37 minutes. A nice build-up from Martinez to Hesteness was chipped into the goal by Currie at 39 minutes.
The second half was scoreless until Morrell connected with Palmer at 79 minutes.
Wood River visits Canyon Ridge (1-10-1, 1-4-0 league) Thursday, Sept. 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Twin Falls and then goes to Highland in Pocatello Saturday. The Wolverines tied Highland 2-2 in Hailey Sept. 5. Highligh (5-2-1) was unbeaten in its first five games, then lost 4-1 to Century Sept. 12. The Rams most recently beat Pocatello 5-0 and lost 1-0 to Idaho Falls.