Senior Lucy Brannon and sophomore Jesse Cole each scored three-goal hat tricks helping the Wood River High School girls’ varsity soccer team to a 12-0 win over the Minico Spartans on Tuesday.
Olivia Thornton, another senior, added two goals to make it 20 for her four-year career, and freshman Emerson McCune chipped in with two goals. Scoring their first goals of the year were seniors Kenya Schott and Timber Kelly.
Recording assists during the Great Basin Conference home victory at South Valley Sports Complex soccer field in Hailey were McCune (3), Jesse Cole (2) and seniors Brigette Thomas and Rory Cole.
Brannon improved her career goals total to 38, tying Sloan Storey for No. 11 on the all-time Wood River list, while Jesse Cole (a team-high 16 goals) moved up to 47 goals in just two years. She is now No. 7 all-time, within sight of Sam Johnson’s 50 career goals.
It was Jesse Cole’s third hat trick of the season and eighth of her Wolverine career.
On Tuesday, Brannon scored first in the third minute, assisted by Jesse Cole.
McCune passed to Cole for a 2-0 Hailey lead at seven minutes. McCune tallied her first goal in the 13th minute after a challenging Thornton shot that the Spartan keeper couldn’t control.
A cross from the right side by senior Brigette Thomas gave Brannon a header for the fourth goal at 14 minutes. Drilling rapid-fire goals were McCune and Thornton, twice, that gave Wood River a 7-0 lead with the game 23 minutes old. That was the halftime score.
McCune, now with eight goals as a freshman, assisted on Jesse Cole and Brannon goals just after the half. Schott, Jesse Cole and Kelly finished the scoring, with assists to Jesse Cole on Schott’s score and to Rory Cole on Kelly’s.
Wood River (8-2-0, 5-1-0 league) won its second straight after its 1-1 (4-3) shootout loss to Canyon Ridge Sept. 16 and steeled itself for another showdown Thursday, Sept. 25 at the home field of three-time defending GBC champion Twin Falls (9-3-0, 5-1-0).
Hailey coach Doug Stouffer said, “Wood River has put together a couple of wins but the true test is against Twin Falls. We still have a goal to unseat Twin Falls from its pedestal.”
Twin Falls swept its season series with Canyon Ridge (6-6-1, 4-2-0) with a 3-0 shutout victory on Tuesday.
“Senior Night” is Tuesday
Wood River salutes its nine seniors Tuesday, Sept. 30 with “Senior Night” against the visiting Burley Bobcats (4-5-0, 3-3-0) under the lights on the Phil Homer football field. The Wolverines narrowly won 1-0 at Burley on Sept. 11.
Tuesday’s game will start about 6:30 p.m., preceded on the same field by the junior varsity contest between the two teams. That’s a change in starting times and venue from the usual game set-ups to accommodate “Senior Night” under the lights for the varsity.
Wood River will then finish its regular-season schedule at Canyon Ridge Thursday, Oct. 2 and at Jerome Oct. 7. Still undecided are the top two teams receiving first-round byes for the league tournament starting Thursday, Oct. 9.