Friday, September 30, 2011

WRHS boys blank Minico 1-0

Girls handle Spartans 9-0

Coach Luis Monjaras' Wood River High School boys' soccer teams haven't scored a lot of goals the past two years, averaging less than two per game. But the Hailey boys, strong on defense, usually seem to rise to the occasion scoring key goals.

They got one Wednesday from Swedish exchange student Martin Gotlander in the 55th minute, enabling Wood River to pull out a 1-0 Great Basin Conference win over league-leading Minico, at Rupert. An aggressive play by sophomore Stephen Pfeiffer set up the goal.

With its fourth shutout, Wood River (6-4-2, 5-3-2 for 17 points) pinned the first league loss on Minico (8-4-2, 6-1-2 for 20 points). Monjaras said, "It was a big three points for us. It put us in a good spot for districts."

The third-year coach added, "We reminded the boys before the game that we've been in this situation many times in the last few years. We've always played a team that has been unbeaten and we've always found a way to provide them with their first loss.

"Our defense played well."

Burley (5-5-3, 4-2-3 for 15 points) also earned three points Wednesday with a 4-0 win over Twin Falls, but the Bobcats will need a home win over Minico Monday, Oct. 3 to climb over Wood River into second place in the final GBC standings.

"We feel we're in a good situation for the tournament if we finish second or third," said Monjaras about the six-team meet starting Thursday, Oct. 6.

Coin flip to settle tie for girls

Freshman Lucy Brannon scored four goals and senior Sloan Storey added four assists as the Wood River girls' varsity soccer team celebrated its "Senior Night" Wednesday with a 9-0 Great Basin Conference home win over Minico.

Wood River led 4-0 at half en route to its eighth shutout. Samantha Sutton added two goals, Rory Cole punched home her first varsity score, Olivia Thornton added a goal and top scorer Haley Montgomery (16 goals) made the scoring sheet for the 10th time in 13 games. Other assists went to Grace Eagan (2) and Erin Murphy.

The win gave Wood River (10-1-2, 8-0-2 league) a 10-win season for the 17th consecutive year. The Wolverines will flip a coin with Twin Falls today, Friday to determine the top seed in the six-team GBC tourney starting Thursday, Oct. 6.

Although Wood River thought it had the tiebreaker advantage over Twin Falls (8-3-2, 7-0-2) due to the 4-3 Bruins loss to common opponent Community School Aug. 27, that loss became a Twin Falls win Tuesday when the Cutthroats forfeited the game because of an ineligible player.

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