Lola Randolph

Wood River’s Lola Randolph (left), who assisted on her team’s first goal by Ella Guy, takes a determined run up the Hailey pitch on Wednesday, with teammate Zoe Bacca (right) running with her. The Wolverines defeated Mountain Home 2-0, scoring in each half.

     Wood River High School girls’ posted their second straight Great Basin Conference shutout win on Wednesday, and the Wolverine boys escaped Mountain Home with a bruising 1-1 prep soccer tie.

     Moving into a fourth-place GBC tie at the season’s halfway point, the Wood River girls (4-4-2, 4-3-1 GBC, 13 points) have allowed only one goal in their last 240 minutes.

     Lola Randolph switched the field with a pass to Ella Guy, who scored first in the 10th minute. Kate Stone assisted the second-half insurance goal scored by Maile Dorland in the 65th minute.

     Goalkeeper Marcella Fisher made many great saves.

     Wolverine coach Tanner Riley said, “Our movement off the ball was great, and the communication the girls had on the field was the best we’ve had as a team.

     “At the beginning of the game, Zoe Bacca, Grace Parke and Kate Stone had a positive conversation with each other and determined among themselves that the communication needed to be better. They set the expectation of what needed to be done on the field.”

     Saturday, the Wolverines travel to Pocatello for a big game against last year’s GBC tournament runner-up Century (4-4-1, 4-3-1, 13 points).

     The Diamondbacks fell 1-0 Monday at Preston (6-2-1, 6-1-1, 19 points) but bounced back 5-0 over Minico on Wednesday. “The girls are very excited to play Century,” Riley said.

     Also, Wednesday was a day of upsets for the GBC boys.

     Wood River was fortunate to leave with a 1-1 tie at Mountain Home. It meant one point in the league ranks, lifting Wood River (6-2-3, 5-1-2 GBC, 17 points) into second place.

     Fifth-place Mountain Home (3-3-2 GBC, 11 points) scored first on a 40-yard missile, then Wolverine senior co-captain Edgar Salamanca equalized with a penalty kick in the 26th minute. Wood River had a second-half goal, disallowed.

     Coach Luis Monjaras said about the Tigers, “They were very physical all game. We had two big injuries, a bad ankle sprain and a bad meniscus injury. We were lucky to walk off a few others.

     “We played very well and put on a lot of pressure to get our goal. We controlled 80% of the game. Mountain Home just played well defensively and had better luck. We did manage to score in the second half but it was disallowed on a very controversial call.”

     The Wolverines with their tie snuck into GBC second place chiefly because Canyon Ridge (3-4-1, 10 points) upset Jerome (5-2-1, 16 points) by a score of 4-0, and Burley (2-5-0, 9 points) upset Preston (4-3-1, 13 points) by a close 2-1 count.

     League-leading Century (7-0-2, 7-0-1 GBC, 22 points) was a 9-3 winner over Minico (2-6-0, 6 points) on Wednesday.

     Wood River entertains Century on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. on the Hailey pitch. The teams tied 0-0 in Pocatello last Sept. 15, ending an 18-game Wood River winning streak, and then Century eliminated the Wolverines 2-1 in double overtime at the State 4A tournament in northern Idaho.

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