All four Blaine County high school soccer teams chalked up league shutout victories this week as the Wood River High School and Community School squads prepared to meet each other for the only time of the season today, Friday.
· The Wood River boys (3-1-3, 2-1-2 league) bounced back from their 3-0 home loss to Jerome Monday with a 3-0 Great Basin Conference road victory over Minico Wednesday. The Wolverines out-shot Minico 19-5. Hailey goalkeeper Kyle Weller (4 saves) notched his second shutout on a windy day.
Sophomore Danny Graves scored his first varsity goal at an opportune time, converting a nice cross pass from senior Zac Miczulski in the 70th minute for the eventual winner. Senior Stephen Pfeiffer added two insurance goals, a penalty kick in the 79th minute and a second goal in stoppage time.
Wolverine coach Luis Monjaras said, “Our team got on themselves at halftime for allowing this team (Minico) to still be in the game. We played much better in the second half.”
· Wood River’s girls (5-2-0, 4-1-0) completed their first turn around the Great Basin with a 12-0 home triumph over Minico Wednesday on the Hailey pitch. The Wolverines led 7-0 at halftime and out-shot the Spartans from Rupert 46-0.
Scorers were Jesse Cole (4), Lucy Brannon (2), Tayte Kelly (2), Samantha Sutton and Ashley Carnduff, plus two players scoring their first goals, freshman Megan Johnston and senior Laurel Gaeddert. Assists went to Carnduff (2), Johnston, Megan Murphy and Sutton.
· Cutthroat boys from the Community School (7-1-1, 4-1-1) won their third straight game and recorded their fourth shutout 2-0 at Wendell Tuesday. “Man of Match” honors went to central defenders Jack Swanson and Roger Figge.
Senior Bobby Corker (first half) and freshman birthday boy John Blackburn (second half) scored goals against last year’s High Desert Soccer Conference runner-up Wendell. The outcome put the Cutthroats into a tie with Wendell, Gooding and Buhl atop the High Desert, all at 4-1-1.
“It’s a tight league,” said Cutthroat coach Richard Whitelaw. “What a fantastic victory on the road for the young ‘Throats!”
· The Community School girls (6-0-0, 5-0-0) posted a 6-0 High Desert victory at Wendell Tuesday. Goal scorers were Hannah Dies (2), Josie Allison (2), Lilly Jenner and freshman Sophie Nasvik with her first varsity goal. Emily Siegel added an assist. “Player of the Game” was Katie Feldman.
Wolverines, Cutthroats clash today
Today’s Wood River-Community School girls’ game will be played on the Hailey pitch, and the boys’ game at Browning Field in Elkhorn, both at 4:30 p.m.
It is the 25th meeting of the two girls’ soccer teams since the series started in 1993. Wood River (11 shutouts) leads the series 16-3-5 and has outscored the Cutthroats 80-22 including its 3-0 victory in Hailey when the teams last met in 2011.
The Wolverines boast seven straight wins over the Cutthroats since the Sun Valley girls last beat Wood River in 2002, a penalty kick shootout triumph in the district tournament title game. The Cutthroats last won at Elkhorn 2-1 in 2001.
The two Blaine County teams haven’t met on the soccer pitch for five years—Wood River winning 3-0 in the last meeting, also on Browning Field, back in 2008. Wood River leads the 25-season, 55-game series 32-20-3.
Wood River leads the series mainly because the Wolverines have been successful in one-goal games, with an 11-5 advantage in those close games.
Remarkably, the teams are virtually tied in the number of goals scored over 55 games—113 goals for the Cutthroats and 111 for the Wolverines.
The boys’ teams have split the last four meetings, the Cutthroats last winning in Hailey 3-1 in 2007. Wood River is 18-5-2 on its home field over the series, but the Cutthroats are 13-12-1 on their home field. The teams are 2-2 on neutral sites.
This is the first meeting of the two teams with Luis Monjaras as the Wood River coach.