Friday, September 7, 2012

Hat trick helps WRHS girls past Tigers 7-0

Showdown at Twin is Tuesday

    Unbeaten and unscored upon at home, the Wood River High School girls’ varsity soccer team boasted a 26-4 goals-against mark in five games.
    Yet it wasn’t until Tuesday that a Wolverine player posted the team’s initial three-goal hat trick of the 2012 season.
    Providing it was senior forward Miranda Gasenica in Wood River’s 7-0 Great Basin Conference romp over an improved Jerome Tigers side at South Valley Sports Complex soccer field in Hailey.
    Gasenica scored twice in the first 10 minutes for a quick 2-0 Hailey lead, and added a single goal in the second half as Wood River extended its 5-0 halftime lead into the 7-0 home triumph.
    Coach Jenni Conrad’s girls (4-1-0, 3-0-0 league) extended their scoreless streak to 320 minutes and all-time series lead to 21-0 over Jerome, but found themselves challenged several times by a more physical group of Tigers (1-5-0, 0-3-0).
    Still, Wood River out-shot Jerome 15-2 in the first half.
    Junior captain Haley Montgomery sent a beautiful lead pass ahead to Gasenica for her second goal at 10 minutes.
    An end-to-end team passing play that started with sophomore back Olivia Thornton ended up on the foot of freshman Tayte Kelly along the right flank. She centered a fine ball that Samantha Sutton one-timed for her fifth goal—and a 3-0 Hailey lead at 21 minutes.
    Brigette Thomas and Lucy Brannon added goals at 26 and 39 minutes. Gasenica and Brannon scored after the half. Allison Gasenica and Grace Eagan chipped in with assists.
    Wood River visited Minico (0-5-2, 0-2-1) at Rupert Thursday, then will prepare for its road showdown with reigning GBC tournament champ Twin Falls (5-1-0, 3-0-0) Tuesday, Sept. 11, at SunWay Soccer Complex.
    Twin Falls has won its three league games 10-0, 9-0 and 9-0. A 2-0 home loss to Highland of Pocatello is the only blemish for Twin Falls. Highland (5-0-1, a 1-1 tie at Century Aug. 30) gave Wood River its only setback, 4-2 in Pocatello Aug. 23.

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