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Wolverine girls keep building, sock Burley 5-1

Winning streak reaches five

Express Staff Writer

Who needs Batman when you have Robin?

Junior striker Robin Kearns scored two goals and set up the other three in Wood River’s 5-1 girls’ soccer victory over Burley last Thursday in Hailey.

Important members of last year’s state championship soccer team that seems to be rolling along with the district tournament approaching, these Wood River High seniors will be honored at today’s "Senior Night" ceremony on the Hailey pitch. They are, from left, Katie Dondero, Brisa Ayub, Kristen Nelson, Erin Elgee, Ashley Howe, Ashley McQueen, Mot Galpin, Jenna Schweizer and Kipp Mills. Express photo by David N. Seelig

Actually the whole Wolverine team was deserving of capes after a superb performance in every facet of the game.

"The last five games we’ve been pretty much unstoppable," said coach Doug Stouffer about Wood River’s five-game winning streak and 32-4 scoring advantage in those games.

He said, "We’ve been making good passes and good crosses and created a lot of opportunities to score."

They have been quick too.

Five minutes into the contest against Burley, Erin Elgee buried the ball in the upper left corner from well outside the box for a 1-0 lead.

The Wolverines (10-3-1, 6-1 league), moving especially well off the ball, maintained control and had several good cracks at the goal in staying unbeaten in four home games this season.

Notably, a header by Ashley Howe from Elgee, and a series of one-touch passes from Brisa Ayub to Elgee to Kipp Mills that was just over.

Burley took only three shots in the first half, but midfielder Robin Lyons converted when she broke loose on the weak side, cut through the middle and arched the ball in the net to knot the score 1-1 with about 10 minutes left in the half.

The tie would be short-lived. Less than two minutes later, Kearns outsprinted a pair of defenders and cranked a left-footed screamer into the net.

The wily junior showcased her ball handling skills a few minutes later. With three defenders closing on her in the box, she stopped and froze them, then drove through the hole and caught the goalie shortside for a 3-1 advantage.

It was more of the same in the second half. Howe chipped the ball to Kearns, who rolled it to a charging Mills, who air mailed it home for a 4-1 lead.

Howe and Kearns both had a foot in the final goal, put in by Jenna Schweizer. Wood River outshot the ‘Cats 28-4 and had a 10-1 advantage on corner kicks.

After the game, Burley coach Don Pringle had nothing but praise for the Wolverines.

"I am very impressed with the level of skill these young ladies play with. Wood River played a great game."

Monday, Wood River’s junior varsity defeated Wendell 10-0 on the Hailey field.

The Wolverine defense did not allow the Trojans a single shot on goal. Rebecca Schwartzenberger scored two goals. One-time twiners were Kate Elgee, Charlotte Gourlay, Shellie Skahill, Ireland King, Ashley Hurley, Natalie Safran, Monique Lloyd and Amie Thomas.

Unfortunately, Gina Thomas suffered a knee injury during the game. She was slated to go to the doctor on Tuesday.

The victory put the cap on a perfect 7-0 season for the Wolverine JV girls under first-year coach Greg Gvozdas.

SOCCER NOTES—Wood River’s varsity has scored 67 goals to date and allowed 17. Robin Kearns leads the team with 15 goals. Kipp Mills has 8, Krista Burns 7, Erin Elgee 6, Jenna Schweizer 6, Charlotte Gourlay 3, Amie Thomas 3, Rebecca Schwartzenberger 3, Katie Dondero 2, Erin Northrop 2, Monique Lloyd 2, Ashley Howe 2, Tami Harrison 2, Ashley McQueen 1, Kate Elgee 1, Shellie Skahill 1, Ireland King 1, Ashley Hurley 1, Natalie Safran 1.

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