Friday, October 19, 2012

Middle school boys’ soccer caps 12-0 season

Outscoring opponents 62-9

The Wood River Middle School boys’ soccer team finished a very successful fall season in the Magic Valley Athletic Conference on Monday, Oct. 15, with a 3-0 home victory over Robert Stuart of Twin Falls.

Head coach Greg Gvozdas and assistant coach Scott Chaffin were proud of the 27-player squad of seventh- and eighth-graders who compiled an undefeated 12-0 season. They outscored opponents 62-9.

The season opened with three home wins over the Community School (3-1), Burley (5-1), and O’Leary (5-2). The first road test was Jerome Middle School, the perennial powerhouse in the conference and defending league champions.

The boys dispatched Jerome 2-0 in a hard-fought match and followed that with another road victory over Stuart Middle School (2-0). The team returned to the valley and beat the Community School for a second time (6-1) and Wendell (6-1).

Those two victories preceded a win over Bliss (8-0).

After a long road trip to Burley, the boys battled for 70 minutes and left with a well-earned 4-1 win against the Bobcats. The team returned to the road to beat O’Leary 9-2 as the offense began to heat up.

That victory improved the team’s record to 10-0. It set the table for two home matches against Jerome and Stuart—the two opponents that gave Wood River its closest games to start the 2012 season.

A very motivated Hailey team came out and beat Jerome 9-0, pushing the record to 11-0.

The season finale Oct. 15 saw Stuart pack the penalty box, making scoring very difficult for the Wolverines. The game entered halftime 0-0, but the boys finished their chances in the second half to claim a deserved 3-0 win and an undefeated 12-0 season.

( Players on the unbeaten team were:

Gilberto Juarez, Luis Reyes, Jose Quinonez, Michael Madsen, Tiernan Naghsh, Raul Castro, Danny Mendoza, Irvin Gonzalez, Sean Davitt, Alex Leon, Francis Reyes, Carlos Gonzalez, Cooper Dart, Luis Ruiz, Clay Cutler, Nathan Stouffer, Omar Farfan, Nathan Lambert, Jose Laurel, Martin Aguayo, Brandon Scott, Cooper Roquet, Matthew Stellars, Armando Ceja, Zack Williams, Jack Stevens and Arturo Flores.

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