Rounding into tournament form with its offense, the Wood River High School girls' varsity soccer team put on a scoring clinic Wednesday with a 15-0 Great Basin Conference triumph over the Burley Bobcats.
Senior midfielder Sloan Storey tallied all five of her goals in the first half and moved into No. 10 on the all-time Wolverine scoring list with 31 goals. Storey also had two assists.
Only four Wolverine players (Kristi Toussaint, Margii Driscoll and Tanner Dredge) have scored five or more goals in a game, Driscoll holding the single-game scoring record with six goals in 2005 during a 13-1 home drubbing of Blackfoot.
The rout put Wood River (9-1-1, 7-0-1 league) in what coach Jenni Conrad called a "forward-thinking" frame of mind looking ahead to its Monday, Sept. 26 meeting in Twin Falls with the Bruins (6-3-1, 6-0-1). Twin Falls routed Jerome (2-7-2, 1-6-1) by a 7-1 score on Wednesday.
Monday's Wood River-Twin Falls meeting should decide the top seed for the GBC tournament starting Thursday, Oct. 6. Wood River is looking for its 17th consecutive trip to the state soccer tournament and will aim for its 17th straight season of 10 or more victories.
On Wednesday, Wood River scored six goals on its first 13 shots covering the initial 24 minutes and built a 9-0 halftime lead. For the game, the Wolverines out-shot Burley 40-2 with an 8-0 edge on corner kicks. Freshman Bobcat goalkeeper Jackie Hamblen made 19 saves, 12 coming in the second half.
The outcome tied for the second-highest scoring total in 19 seasons and 333 games for Wolverine teams.
Wood River put together some fine scoring plays.
Storey tucked home the first two goals of her big game—the first after a Haley Montgomery kick eluded Hamblen and the second on the first of three assists by freshman Sammie Sutton. Montgomery (14 goals season) chased down a Maddie Bates direct kick for her first of two goals at 14 minutes.
An excellent passing play from freshman Brigette Thomas to Storey ended up on the foot of freshman Olivia Thornton, who netted her seventh goal for a 4-0 lead. Three more goals by Storey, one by Montgomery and the first of two by senior Grace Eagan rounded out Hailey's first-half scoring.
In the second half, Wood River senior defenders Lucy Paisley and Bates along with freshman Tatum Morell tallied their first-ever varsity goals. Freshman Lucy Brannon also scored. Other assists went to Montgomery (2), Bates, Thomas and freshman Rory Cole.
Wood River has its Senior Night Wednesday, Sept. 28 during the GBC regular-season finale against Minico. Canyon Ridge (5-5-1) beat Minico (0-10-1) by a 3-1 score on Wednesday.
Burley, WRHS boys battle to 0-0 draw
Wood River boys' soccer coach Luis Monjaras said his team was fortunate to escape Burley with a 0-0 tie Wednesday in an important Great Basin Conference showdown.
"Burley's goalkeeper was phenomenal. We had plenty of opportunities in the second half—two good chances off corner kicks and one off a direct kick. We were glad to walk away with the tie," he said.
Wood River (4-4-2, 3-3-2) dropped to third place in the six-team GBC with 11 points. Burley (3-5-3, 2-2-3) picked up another point after its 1-1 draw with Jerome this past Monday.
League-leading Minico of Rupert (7-3-2, 5-0-2) extended its lead with a 3-0 victory over Canyon Ridge (7-5-0, 2-5-0). Jerome (6-1-4, 3-1-4) moved into second place two points ahead of Wood River with an 8-1 win over Twin Falls (1-7-2, 1-5-1).
Minico visits Jerome Monday, Sept. 26. Meanwhile, Wood River entertains Twin Falls Monday on the Hailey pitch and goes to Minico on Wednesday, Sept. 28 for the regular-season league finale. The Hailey boys host the 5A Highland Rams from Pocatello for "Senior Night" Saturday, Oct. 1.