Friday, September 21, 2012

Flurry of goals lift WRHS boys to 3-1 win

Girls nip Riverhawks 1-0

Express Staff Writer

     Back-stopped by outstanding junior goalkeeper Joshua Clark, the visiting Canyon Ridge Riverhawks had the favored Wood River Wolverines on the ropes in a 1-0 hole Wednesday deep in the second half of their game at Hailey’s South Valley Sports Complex.

     Yet coach Luis Monjaras’ has a fleet of Wolverine forwards and runners and they just keep coming at you until something ultimately happens. There’s a reason Wood River (6-0-4, 6-0-1 league) is unbeaten.

     With the wind at its back in the second half, Wood River kept pressuring and forced an amazing 12 corner kicks after half. The Wolverines scored three goals in 24 minutes of the second half to stash away an important 3-1 Great Basin Conference boys’ soccer victory.

     “Obviously they have a very good goalie who made some incredible saves with the reflexes he has,” said Monjaras. “My players just stepped it up and did a good job and took care of business.”

     Sophomore Kyle Mungal streaked down the right flank at 54 minutes and centered beautifully to junior forward Zac Miczulski, who one-timed the equalizer past Clark (10 saves). With the score tied 1-1, Monjaras moved senior defender Zack Freeman up front.

     “We went with three in the back. Freeman was hustling so we put him at the top and it changed the dynamic of the game—giving us a little more pressure and a little more pressure. It turned out to be just a matter of time," Monjaras said.

     Big, strong and fast to the ball, Freeman created more havoc in the offensive zone. Wood River out-shot Canyon Ridge 17-2 for the game, but keeper Clark was equal to most of them—including an incredible save with his hand on Alberto Salinas’ header on a centering pass from Alex Lopez.

     It was still tied 1-1 with two minutes left when junior Andrew Graves booted Wood River’s 12th and final corner kick of the game—and tall junior defender Eron Bates headed the ball home for his first-ever varsity goal, and the eventual game winner at 78 minutes.

     A minute later Danny Graves chased down a ball near the right flag, kept it in bounds and centered to junior Stephen Pfeiffer, who tallied his first goal of the season for a 3-1 final.

     Canyon Ridge’s goal came at 28 minutes on a pass by junior Uriel Arroyo that junior forward Om Basnet tapped home. Canyon Ridge (3-5-2, 2-4-1) “played a nice, patient game in the first half, the game we wanted to play,” said Monjaras.

     “We had the pressure all game, but we needed to make something happen,” he said.

     In Wednesday’s girls’ game at Twin Falls, Haley Montgomery’s second-half goal lifted Hailey past Canyon Ridge 1-0.

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