Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tough draw for Hailey girls at state soccer

Quick trip with losses to Hillcrest, Century

A young team and a very tough state bracket were double whammies for the Wood River High School girls' soccer team during last weekend's State 4A tournament at Caldwell's Brothers Field.

Wood River (13-5-2), making its 17th consecutive trip to the state soccer meet, suffered its first-ever two-and-out exit with losses to Hillcrest 5-1 and Century of Pocatello 2-0. Only freshman Lucy Brannon managed to dent the net for Hailey.

Sixth District champion Hillcrest (18-1-0) defeated Wood River in Thursday's opening round and then lost 2-1 to Bishop Kelly of Boise in Friday's semi-finals. Hillcrest captured third place Saturday 4-0 over Twin Falls (12-4-2).

Fifth District Century, a three-time State 4A champion, lost its first game 1-0 to Bishop Kelly and then out-muscled Wood River 2-0 in Friday's loser-out contest. The Diamondbacks scored in the first minute and added a second goal by junior midfielder Katherine Roberts at the 28-minute mark.

Century goalkeeper Mahrika Jones was rarely tested by the Wolverines because of the strong play of D'Back defenders Olivia Wathne, Macy Goodwin, Sarah Holt and Aliea Son. The Hailey defense did manage to hold Century scoreless after half.

The Diamondbacks won the consolation title 6-0 over Kuna.

Bishop Kelly (22-0-0), winner of 46 consecutive games, captured its second straight 4A championship and fourth in five years 3-2 in overtime over 2009 champ and five-time state winner Sandpoint (7-9-5). It was a rematch of last year's penalty kick championship. Sandpoint was the last team to beat Bishop Kelly 3-2 in overtime in the 2009 state first round.

In other state soccer results:

Former Wood River soccer player Megan Morrell was a senior for the Boise High School girls (15-4-1) who dropped the State 5A title game 1-0 in overtime to Rocky Mountain. Rocky Mountain's first-ever soccer championship came at the expense of two-time defending champion Boise;

The Boise boys (19-1-1) won their first title since 2007-08 by a 1-0 score over defending champion Borah of Boise (10-8-2); and the Blackfoot boys (15-2-2) captured the school's first-ever soccer title under the Idaho High School Activities Association banner 3-0 over Caldwell (11-10-1). Both Burley (8-8-4) and Minico of Rupert (11-7-3) went two-and-out at state.

Final WRHS team statistics: Wood River 13-5-2 (7-1-1 home, 6-4-1 away, 8-0-2 league for #2 seed, 2nd place Great Basin Conference tournament) with 11 shutouts in 20 games; 17th straight trip to state, 17th straight year with 10 or more wins. Goals scored: 88 (4.4 per game). Goals against: 21 (1.1). Individual scoring: Sloan Storey 22 goals (38 career), Haley Montgomery 17 (21 career), Lucy Brannon 12, Olivia Thornton 10, Samantha Sutton 8, Erin Murphy 5, Timber Kelly 3, Grace Eagan 2, Rory Cole 2, Lucy Paisley 2, Tatum Morell 2, Maggie Williams 1, Maddie Bates 1, Brigette Thomas 1.

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