An early goal by freshman forward Emerson McCune was all the Wood River High girls’ varsity soccer team needed Tuesday for its 1-0 non-league home win over the Madison Bobcats from Rexburg.
McCune, an aggressive ninth-grader with a strong left foot, chased down a perfect lead pass from sophomore midfielder Jesse Cole and scored Wood River’s first goal of the season 11 minutes into Tuesday’s home debut at South Valley Sports Complex soccer field.
Six saves by sophomore goalkeeper Molly Whittington and a solid defense led by senior Timber Kelly did the rest as Wood River avenged a 1-0 loss to Madison on the same field back in September of last year.
Wood River (1-1) out-shot Madison (0-2) by a 12-8 margin but needed to hold off the Bobcat comeback attempt in the second half. The Wolverine attacked slowed to a standstill in the first 20 minutes of the second half, but the Hailey defense managed to stem the tide.
Coach Doug Stouffer said, “I felt the girls are getting more comfortable with the game plan and settling into roles and responsibilities.”
Much of the Hailey offense that set up attackers like McCune, Lucy Brannon, Sage Rheinschild, Emily Thayer and Ashley Carnduff came from the able distribution of Jesse Cole in the center of the field.
Cole, who scored in 13 of 20 Wood River games last fall and notched 31 goals as a freshman, didn’t get many chances to score on Tuesday.
Yet ninth-grader McCune showed no reluctance to shoot or to fill the open spaces in the field, and she created numerous scoring chances herself—as did senior Brigette Thomas.
Besides Timber Kelly, those anchoring the defense were Megan Johnston, Kenya Schott, Rory Cole and Caitlyn Sfingi.
Wood River hosted the Bonneville Bees (1-1) from Idaho Falls on Thursday, and will open its Great Basin Conference season Thursday, Sept. 4 against Minico in Rupert. Bonneville beat Minico 8-0 before losing 3-2 to Blackfoot.
Madison scores early, beats WRHS boys 3-2
They always say that it’s how you “get off the bus” that determines if an athletic team is going to be successful in a challenging road contest.
Wood River High School’s boys’ varsity soccer team had a hard time just getting off the bus Tuesday on its way to a road game in Rexburg against the Madison Bobcats.
Apparently, because of a new school location in the eastern Idaho city, Wood River was misinformed about the site of the field, so the Wolverines hunted around for the soccer field for many anxious minutes before finally arriving there.
Unable to have sufficient warm-up time, Wood River yielded three quick goals in the third, seventh and 12th minutes and spent the rest of the game just trying to catch up. Madison (2-0) held on for a 3-2 win over Wood River (1-1).
Hailey coach Luis Monjaras, without discussing the bus situation, said, “We were very, very flat in the first half. We were making simple mistakes and they capitalized on all. In the second half we picked it up and had better ball control.”
Wood River trailed 3-0 at half. Senior Sage Kelly scored on a breakaway in the 49th minute trimming the lead to 3-1.
Monjaras said, “In the 53rd minute (sophomore) Clay Cutler had a long cross which resulted in a goal due to a short field. After that we had other opportunities but couldn’t capitalize.”
The Wolverines bused east to Idaho Falls again on Thursday for a match-up against Bonneville (2-0). The Bees started the season winning 2-0 at Minico and 3-2 at Blackfoot.
First league game for Wood River is against Minico Thursday, Sept. 4, with the Community School (3-0) arriving in Hailey Sept. 6 for a non-conference match-up.
Getting strong defense, the Wood River junior varsity polished off Madison 4-0 Tuesday. Scoring were Michael Madsen, Jose Quinonez, Cooper Roquet and Martin Aguayo Flores.