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Seniors make the most of final home game

Wood River defeats Community School, 5-1

Express Staff Writer

A solid second-half effort lifted the Wood River High girls’ soccer team to a 5-1 victory over conference rival The Community School Wednesday.

Wood River seniors Brisa Ayub (left) and Erin Elgee (right) double-team Community School top scorer Langely McNeal in last Wednesday’s Hailey game won by Wood River 5-1. Express photo by David N. Seelig

Wood River (12-3-1) clinched the regular-season district title with the victory and avenged its sole loss in league play.

"They really stepped up," Wolverine coach Doug Stouffer said of his team’s play in the final 40 minutes. "At half-time I told the seniors it was their final home game and to give me all they had. They did that."

With midfielders Katie Dondero and Ashley Howe working hard on the wings, Wood River took nine shots in the first half. Community School goalie Kristen Hickey made seven saves.

There was no stopping Hailey’s first goal, however.

Dondero dribbled down the left side and fed the ball to Robin Kearns inside. Kearns kicked it back out to Dondero. Katie crossed to Jenna Schweizer who hammered it home.

Not able to generate a whole lot of offense in the face of the rugged Wolverine man-to-man defense, the Cutthroats first goal came off a corner kick.

Erika Connelly’s free kick was cleared out of the box, but right to stopper Morgan Arritola. Arritola one-timed a commanding shot from about the 35-yard line tying it 1-1.

The Community School (8-6) gained a lot of momentum from the goal, but it did not carry through to the second half.

"I think we just got tired," Sun Valley assistant coach Kelly Feldman said. "After their first goal in the second half we lost our team play. We had lots of strong individual efforts, but it wasn’t enough."

Wood River went up 2-1 on a goal by Kearns from Schweizer and Mot Galpin.

Dondero netted the next two goals, one with her back to the goal where she wheeled and lofted the ball into the corner.

Erin Elgee converted a penalty kick for the fin al score 5-1.

Wood River finished league play with a mark of 7-1. The Community School was second at 6-2. Buhl was third, Declo fourth and Wendell fifth.



WRHS girls win opener 10-0

At district soccer

The Wood River High girls won their opening game at the Fourth District 3A soccer tournament at Buhl Monday.

The top-seeded Wolverines (12-3-1) breezed by #5 Wendell 10-0 on the first day of the five-team tournament.

Kipp Mills, Ashley Howe and Robin Kearns scored two goals each. Chipping in with one point apiece were Jenna Schweizer, Kelly Haisley and Charlotte Gourlay. Wendell added an "own goal" to account for Wood River’s total of 10.

In the other first round game, #3 Buhl squeaked by #4-seeded Declo 1-0.

Wood River will play the winner of the Buhl-Community School matchup on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in Buhl. The winner advances to state. The loser must win Thursday at 5 p.m. to earn the second state berth.

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