Friday, October 3, 2014

Hailey girls celebrate 8-2 “Senior Night” win

GBC tourney starts next week

     “Senior Night” turned into a happy 8-2 Great Basin Conference win for the Wood River High School girls’ varsity soccer team Tuesday under the lights at Hailey’s Phil Homer Field.

     Wood River (9-3-0, 6-2-0 league for 18 points) defeated the Burley Bobcats (6-7-0, 3-5-0, 9 points) by an 8-2 score and showed more offense than the 1-0 Wolverine victory at Burley Sept. 11.

     Hailey coach Doug Stouffer said, “The girls enjoyed a special evening playing under the lights. Wood River took control of the game from the first minute. I thought the team played very well overall and gave Burley very limited chances to score.

     “Burley has some talent on the field that can do some damage, but I felt our team minimized their talent.”

     Seniors Lucy Brannon and Rory Cole each scored two goals. Single goals came from Jesse Cole (36 seconds into the game), Olivia Thornton, Emily Thayer and Brigette Thomas.

     Wood River led 5-2 at half and tacked on three more after intermission. Burley freshman Anna Goodman, who scored twice in a 7-2 loss at Canyon Ridge last Thursday, scored two more against the Wolverines to show her talent.

     On Thursday, Wood River traveled to Canyon Ridge (8-6-1, 6-2-0, 18 points) in a game to settle the second seed in next week’s Great Basin Conference tournament. The Riverhawks won a penalty kick shootout 1-1 (4-3) over Wood River Sept. 16.

     Wood River finishes its regular season Tuesday at Jerome.

     Three-time defending GBC tournament champion Twin Falls (11-3-0, 7-1-0) figures to take the top seed into the six-team tournament that begins Thursday, Oct. 9.

     At stake in the league tourney will be two automatic berths in the State 4A tournament Oct. 23 at Coeur d’Alene.

     The third-place GBC finisher will need to win a single-game playoff with a Boise-area team Oct. 18 in order to make the state trip.

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