Wood River High School’s girls reached a milestone Tuesday—racking up a 10-win soccer season for the 20th straight year with a 4-0 Great Basin Conference win at Jerome.
Sophomore Jesse Cole scored twice to reach the 20-goal mark for the season while seniors Lucy Brannon (8 goals) and Brigette Thomas each scored twice.
It was the sixth shutout of the season for Wood River (10-4-0, 7-3-0 league).
Thomas made it 1-0 in the fourth minute with a nice left-footed shot, assisted by Emerson McCune. Brannon extended the 1-0 halftime score with a 44th-minute tally, assisted by Cole. Rory Cole assisted her sister’s first goal in the 46th minute, and Brannon passed to Jesse Cole for the final goal of the day at 70 minutes.
Coach Doug Stouffer said, “This was not a pressure game to win but an opportunity to fine-tune our players and prepare for the district tournament. The girls are anxious to prove themselves.
“The team is still dealing with some injuries. Megan Murphy suffered a concussion last week and Ashley Carnduff sat out the Jerome game with nagging injuries. Cristina Vega and Caitie Sfingi are still out with concussions.”
The No. 3-seeded Wood River girls tried to improve upon their 6-1-0 home record when they entertained the No. 6-seeded Jerome Tigers (1-9) Thursday in a first-round GBC tournament game in Hailey.
See today’s Mountain Express Web site for a tournament scenario, and updates on Thursday’s tourney games.
Jerome nips WRHS boys
Wood River had its work cut out playing the defending State 4A champ Jerome Tigers on “Senior Night” Tuesday on the Phil Homer Stadium football field in Hailey.
Their speed, midfield quickness and sudden attacks have characterized coach Robert Garcia’s Tigers for the last couple of seasons in building a 29-5-0 record.
Yet it’s the Jerome defense that really throttles opponents at crunch time. The Tigers yielded one goal in three state wins in 2013. This year they are 12-1-0 and now have won seven consecutive games.
Jerome’s defense Tuesday featured four seniors—last year’s first-team GBC keeper Edgar Juarez, second-team GBC back Jose Vidaca, senior Aaron Arevalo in the defensive middle, and Freddy Gonzalez at right back.
The Tigers led 2-0 at half and clamped down after. Dominating the midfield was lightning-fast Tiger junior Antonio Granados.
Five minutes after Hailey senior sweeper Jon Scott (hamstring) left the game for good, Javier Nolasco sprinted behind the Hailey defense on a through pass and put Jerome on top 1-0 in the 20th minute.
The second goal was a beauty, second-team All-GBC Granados lifting a corner kick that junior Enrique Sandoval headed into the net past Wood River senior keeper Kyle Weller for a 2-0 lead.
Jerome’s defense was tough to penetrate but Wood River’s much-younger squad pieced together solid chances that did not pan out.
Right before half, senior Sage Kelly passed ahead to sophomore Nathan Lambert, who gave the ball to freshman Jose Quinonez. His shot forced Juarez to make a diving stop.
In the second half Wood River’s defense firmed up with sophomore Zachary Williams holding down Scott’s defensive spot. Flanking him were freshman Taylor Koth, soph Clayton Cutler and Lambert.
Weller was strong between the pipes—making great saves after half on bids by senior Jose Granados, senior first-team GBC forward Yovani Martinez and Jose Calvillo.
The Wolverines snapped a string of 221 straight scoreless minutes when junior Danny Graves drilled a 36-yard free kick into the corner through Juarez’s hands in the 61st.
The No. 4-seeded Wood River boys (6-8-0, 4-6 league) hosted the No. 5 Burley Bobcats (4-9-0, 3-7-0) in Thursday’s first-round tourney game on the Hailey pitch.