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Slow start, fast finish for WRHS girls

In 7-0 home soccer win over Minico

     The Wood River High School girls’ soccer team, having scored only six goals in its last four games, had another slow start offensively during its Great Basin Conference home game against Minico Tuesday.

     It wasn’t until its 12th shot in the 21st minute that Wood River solved Minico’s packed-in defense. That’s when senior Allison Gasenica took a pass from sophomore Samantha Sutton and buried a shot for a 1-0 lead on the Hailey pitch.

     On a chilly fall day with sprinkling rain, Wood River then opened the floodgates and tallied six additional goals in the next 40 minutes for a 7-0 victory that improved its all-time soccer record against Minico to 33-0 since 1995.

     Senior Miranda Gasenica (9 goals) tallied her second three-goal hat trick of the season and twin sister Allison (11 goals) finished with a pair. Freshman Tayte Kelly and sophomore Brigette Thomas added singles.

     Goalkeeper Kiana Chapman (2 saves), a senior, preserved Wood River’s eighth shutout of the season with an outstanding save on Minico’s Anna Slusser just three minutes into the second half. Overall, Wood River out-shot Minico 31-3 with a 12-0 edge in corner kicks.

     Wood River (9-4-0, 8-1-0 league), averaging 4.5 goals a game, put together some nice scoring plays in winning its fifth home game in six starts.

     Passes by Thomas and Lucy Brannon set up Miranda Gasenica’s second goal for a 3-0 lead at 31 minutes. Kelly headed home a Miranda Gasenica centering pass making it 4-0 at the break. And Miranda’s hat trick at 46 minutes came on a pretty cross from Brannon.

     Wood River finished its regular season with Thursday’s “Senior Night” home game against league-leading Twin Falls (13-1-0, 9-0-0, 74-5 goals against) on the Hailey pitch.

     The host Bruins spanked Wood River 3-0 in the first meeting Sept. 11, but the Wolverines took heart from the narrow 2-1 Twin Falls victory at home over Canyon Ridge (4-6-2, 4-4-1) on Tuesday.

     The next Wolverine game will be Saturday, Oct. 6 in the second round of the GBC tournament in Twin Falls.

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