Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wolverine boys blank Highland 2-0 in finale

First tourney game Saturday in Twin

Wood River junior striker Alex Lopez (left) battles for possession during his teamís 1-1 Great Basin Conference home tie with the Jerome Tigers Sept. 14 in Hailey. Express photo by David N. Seelig

It was a rainy "Senior Night" for the Wood River High School boys' soccer team Monday, but the final score was favorable—2-0 over the Highland Rams from Pocatello in the non-league regular-season finale on the Hailey pitch.

Seniors Victor Farfan and Luis Lopez scored first-half goals that Wood River (7-4-2, 5-3-2 league) protected to stay unbeaten in its last four games. Meanwhile, Burley's 1-1 home draw with top-seeded Minico Monday assured Wood River would have the No. 2 seed for the Great Basin Conference tournament starting this week.

Wood River still has to travel to Sunway Soccer Complex in Twin Falls Saturday, Oct. 8 where three second-round games will be staged. At 2 p.m. Saturday the Wolverines will meet the winner of Thursday's first-round game between No. 3 Burley (5-6-4, 4-2-4) and No. 6 Twin Falls (1-10-2, 1-8-1).

Other tourney games: On Thursday, No. 4 Jerome (6-2-5, 3-2-5) hosts No. 5 Canyon Ridge (9-7-1, 3-6-1); and Saturday, top-seeded Minico (8-4-3, 6-1-3) vs. the winner of Jerome-Canyon Ridge at noon. Last year's tournament champ was Wood River. Only the tourney winner automatically qualifies for the State 4A tournament Oct. 20.

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