Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Boys take Jerome to kicks in tense rematch

Great Basin boys’ soccer race tightens

     In a rematch of last year’s State 4A tournament title game, defending state champion Jerome eked out a 1-1 (5-4 shootout) victory over the Wood River High School boys’ varsity soccer team last Thursday in a Great Basin Conference clash at Jerome.

     Hailey junior Danny Graves equalized with a header in the 50th minute on excellent execution off a corner kick set play from Yuri McClure. Graves, Carter Ros, Sage Kelly and Kyle Weller scored in the shootout, an alternating shot format that Jerome won 5-4 in the sudden-victory period.

     Coach Luis Monjaras said about the tight clash, played two days after his team’s 4-1 upset win over Canyon Ridge, “Another great performance. We played well again as a team. The last two games we’ve had great improvements all over the field.

     “Our defense did a great job clearing all their long balls in the air. Their defense was good at cutting down our breakaways. We had a great opportunity to win the game on a cross, but mis-headed the ball.

     “Jerome out-shot us, but our defense blocked some and (goalkeeper Kyle) Weller had some great extensions to make saves. Huge stops.”

     The game completed the first half of GBC league play with Jerome (7-1-0, 4-1-0, 12 points) leading the way tied with Canyon Ridge (10-1-0, 4-1-0, 12 points). Wood River (4-5-0, 2-3-0, 6 points) stood in fourth place after the first swing around the league.

     Wood River visited Minico (1-8-1, 1-4-0) at Rupert on Tuesday and entertains third-place Twin Falls (4-5-2, 3-2-0) Thursday, Sept. 25 at 4:30 p.m. at Hailey’s South Valley Sports Complex soccer field. The Wolverines will try to avenge a 4-0 loss at Twin Falls Sept. 9.


WRHS girls win 9-1 over Jerome

     Sophomore midfielder Jesse Cole scored four goals and senior forward Olivia Thornton added two more leading the Wood River girls’ varsity soccer team (7-2-0, 4-1-0) past the Jerome Tigers 9-1 last Thursday in the Homecoming soccer game on the Hailey pitch.

     Freshman Emerson McCune scored first, in the fourth minute after Thornton’s testing shot couldn’t be contained by the Tiger keeper.

     Thornton’s successful penalty kick after a hand ball made it 2-0 at 17 minutes. Cole scored twice in the 23rd and 35th for a 4-0 halftime lead.

     Lucy Brannon made it 5-0, assisted by Brigette Thomas. Cole netted her hat trick goal and Thornton scored again in the 68th, assisted by Brannon. Tatum Morell made it 8-1 and Jesse Cole finished the scoring in the 77th minute after a Samantha Sutton corner kick.

     “It’s good to get the team back on a winning note,” said Doug Stouffer, referring to Hailey’s ability to bounce back after its 1-1 (4-3) home shootout loss to Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls last Tuesday in Hailey.

     Wood River hosted Minico Tuesday and has a rematch with host Twin Falls (8-3-0, 4-1-0) on Thursday, Sept. 25. The three-time defending GBC champion Twin Falls Bruins played Canyon Ridge (6-5-1, 4-1-0) Tuesday.

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