Friday, August 17, 2012

WRHS, Cutthroats clash Saturday in Hailey

Boys’ varsity game shifted to 10 a.m.


It's been quite a pre-season turnout for the Wood River High School (40 boys) and Community School (35 boys) soccer programs—indicating the continuing strength of soccer in the Wood River Valley.

Yet the two varsity teams haven't met on the soccer pitch in four years.

That situation is expected to change Saturday, Aug. 18 when the Wolverines and Cutthroats clash at South Valley Sports Complex soccer field near the Hailey high school.

The varsity teams meet at 10 a.m. Saturday followed shortly after 12 noon by the JV game. That's a change from the original schedule so that the Cutthroat-Wolverine girls' and boys' varsity games are staggered, at different sites.

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One of Idaho's longest soccer rivalries dates back all the way to 1983 and covers 55 games over 25 seasons. Wood River leads the series 32-20-3 mainly because the Wolverines have been particularly successful in one-goal games, with an 11-5 advantage in those close games.

Remarkably, the teams are virtually tied in the number of goals scored over 55 games—113 goals for the Cutthroats and 111 for the Wolverines.

Wood River won the last meeting 3-0 at Browning Field in Elkhorn in 2008. The teams have split the last four meetings, the Cutthroats last winning in Hailey 3-1 in 2007. However, Wood River is 18-5-2 on its home field over the series.

This is the first meeting of the two teams with Luis Monjaras as the Wood River coach.

After Saturday, the Cutthroats debut their High Desert Soccer Conference campaign Monday at Buhl and Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Declo.




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