Speedy freshman Jesse Cole exploded for five goals Monday leading the Wood River High School girls’ varsity soccer team to its fourth straight triumph, 9-2 over the host Jerome Tigers in a Great Basin Conference match-up.
Cole (12 goals season) tallied her hat trick in the first 27 minutes as the Wolverines built a 5-1 halftime lead.
Sophomore Ashley Carnduff recorded her first varsity goal in the 37th minute, from Lucy Brannon, and sophomore Tayte Kelly scored on a Tate Morell assist. Brannon added two goals in the second half. Wood River out-shot Jerome 41-14.
Ashley Cox scored twice for Jerome (1-3-1, 1-2-0 league) and Tiger goalkeeper Taylor Hill made 32 saves.
On Saturday, the Wolverines posted their third consecutive shutout 4-0 over the Bonneville Bees (0-4-0) in Idaho Falls. Cole scored the first Hailey goal, Brannon punched home two goals and Samantha Sutton tallied one for the winners.
Brannon, a junior striker, has 27 goals in three seasons.
Cole’s five-goal outburst matched similar displays by Sloan Storey (5 goals twice in 2011) and Tanner Dredge (5 goals in 2008), but fell short of the school’s single-game scoring record of six goals (by Margii Driscoll in 2005).
Wood River (4-2-0, 3-1-0 league) hosts Minico (0-5-0, 0-4-0) in another GBC league game today, Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. on the South Valley Sports Complex field in Hailey.
The Wolverines entertain the Community School Friday at 4:30 p.m. on the Hailey field. It will be the 25th meeting of the two girls’ soccer teams since the series started in 1993.
Jerome blanks WRHS boys 3-0
The Wood River boys’ varsity soccer team didn’t play up to standard in a 3-0 GBC home loss to the reigning league tournament champion Jerome Tigers Monday.
Wolverine coach Luis Monjaras said about his team’s first setback, “We did not show up to play at all. Jerome simply played ‘Soccer 101’ against us. No excuse on our behalf.”
Jerome (3-2-0, 1-2-0) posted its first GBC victory after losing to Canyon Ridge 2-1 and to Twin Falls 3-1 last week. The Tigers snapped a three-game winless streak in games against Wood River and will next host Burley (1-5-1, 0-3-1) today, Wednesday.
Wood River’s offense had a better day Saturday.
On the Hailey pitch, Wood River built a 3-1 first-half lead over the visiting Bonneville Bees (1-4-0) and held on for a 4-3 non-conference triumph.
Bonneville’s Pearce Willis scored in the second minute, then Zac Miczulski (assisted by Stephen Pfeiffer) and Pfeiffer (assisted by Miguel Velasco Martinez) gave Wood River a 2-1 lead.
Sophomore Yuri McClure tallied the first of his two goals, from Jose Ortiz, in the 39th minute. The home team out-shot Bonneville 11-2 in the first half. Sweeper Jon Scott, a junior, led Wood River’s strong defense.
Coach Monjaras started the second half fielding his less experienced players.
Quinn Magner’s hustle resulted in McClure’s second goal at 47 minutes for a 4-1 lead. Bonneville struck for two goals within a three-minute span in the 71st and 74th minutes, by Jose Salgado and Lauro Vazquez. Monjaras reinserted his first string and Wood River preserved its 4-3 victory.
The Wolverine boys (2-1-3, 1-1-2 league) play at Minico (1-4-1, 0-3-1) today, Wednesday and visit the Community School Friday at 4:30 p.m. The two Blaine County teams haven’t met on the soccer pitch for five years—Wood River winning 3-0 in the last meeting, also on Browning Field, back in 2008.