Wood River High School soccer teams enjoyed a bit of a breather Wednesday. The Hailey girls and boys each defeated the Burley Bobcats 5-0 in Great Basin Conference games and are looking ahead to tough challenges looming next week.
Hailey junior Lucy Brannon (12 goals season, 32 career) scored a three-goal hat trick while freshman Jesse Cole and junior Samantha Sutton added single goals on the Burley field. Assists went to Megan Murphy, Tate Morell and Jesse Cole. The Wolverines out-shot Burley 32-7 and held a 10-1 edge in corners.
Coach Jenni Conrad’s girls (6-3-1, 5-1-1 league, 16 points) remained a three-point win behind GBC leader Twin Falls (6-3-1, 6-0-1, 19 points), which won 13-0 at home over Minico Wednesday. Right behind Wood River is Canyon Ridge (7-4-0, 5-2-0, 15 points), a 4-1 home winner over Jerome (3-6-2, 3-4-0).
The Wood River girls host Canyon Ridge Monday, Sept. 30 at 4:30 p.m. in Hailey. The Wolverines won 5-0 at Canyon Ridge Sept. 11. This Saturday, Wood River entertains Madison of Rexburg (2-5-1) for a non-conference game at 11 a.m., Madison coming off a 4-0 loss to Highland Tuesday.
Playing in a chilly rain Wednesday, coach Luis Monjaras’ Wood River boys led Burley 2-0 at half and chalked up the 5-0 Great Basin triumph on goals by Jose Ortiz (assisted by Drew Morse), Sage Kelly, Eron Bates (Zac Miczulski), Quinn Magner (Ortiz) and Arthur Brugger.
It was Wood River’s fifth straight victory by a combined 15-0 score over two seasons against one of its toughest rivals. In 15 Wood River-Burley games since Monjaras has been coach, the Wolverines are 10-2-3 and have moved ahead in the long rivalry since 1994 by a 22-16-5 count.
Monjaras, who played many younger players, said, “A good morale booster for my boys. They played it really securely on the ground and came to play from the get-go. It gave us a lot of experience and, with 11 seniors, we’ll need it for next year. But we expect to have a good class of eighth graders coming in.”
Ortiz scored in the 16th minute. Freshman Alex Leon, Brugger and Kelly teamed for Kelly’s goal at 35 minutes.
An attack started by Stephen Pfeiffer ended up on Miczulski’s foot along the right wing early in the second half. Bates chipped home Zac’s pass for the third goal at 45 minutes. Yuri McClure’s perfect lead pass sent Ortiz in alone at 50 minutes, and Ortiz passed it to Magner for his first-ever varsity goal.
Brugger split two Burley defenders and scored the fifth and final goal to keep Wood River unbeaten since a 3-0 home loss to Jerome Sept. 16. Monjaras said the Wolverines will have some unfinished business when they travel to reigning league champion Jerome on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
The GBC boys’ standings tightened even more Wednesday when Jerome (7-2-0, 5-2-0, 15 points) won 2-1 at home over previously unbeaten Canyon Ridge (9-1-1, 5-1-1, 16 points). Twin Falls (4-4-2, 4-1-12, 14 points) prevailed 3-1 at Minico (2-9-1, 0-6-1) and will host Jerome Monday, Sept. 30.
Fourth-place Wood River (5-1-4, 3-1-3 league for 12 points) travels to Canyon Ridge Monday as part of a challenging three-game road trip that includes Saturday’s eastern Idaho visit to Madison (3-3-3). Madison tied Highland 2-2 Tuesday.