The Wood River High School girls’ varsity soccer team maintained its mastery over the Jerome Tigers on Wednesday and in the process provided eighth-year coach Doug Stouffer with his 100th Wolverine career victory.
Sophomores Grace Parke and Amelia Madsen, and junior Audra Mary scored rapid-fire goals in a five-minute span after halftime. They erased a 1-0 Tiger halftime edge for the 3-1 Great Basin Conference win, at Jerome. Assisting were Lupita Patlan and Emily Thayer.
“It helped to have a wind advantage in the second half,” said Stouffer. “Jerome squeaked in a first-half goal (by Kim Castillo) to shake up our girls’ team, and we managed to put our heads on straight.”
Wood River’s girls (8-4-1, 6-2-0) kept their stranglehold on second place in the GBC ranks. Canyon Ridge (6-4-1, 5-2-0) breezed 12-0 at home over Minico (1-12-0, 0-8-0). League-leading Twin Falls (9-2-0, 7-0-0) beat visiting Burley (3-9-0, 2-6-0) by a 13-0 count Wednesday.
In the Hailey drizzle Wednesday during Homecoming Week, the Wood River boys moved one step closer to clinching their second straight GBC regular-season title with a 3-0 shutout win over Jerome.
Attacking for 80 minutes and thoroughly controlling the play, Wood River got two first-half goals by freshman striker Audari Tamayo and a second-half insurance tally by Brandon Garcia. The Wolverines dominated 13-2 in corner kicks.
Tamayo’s first goal came in the 29th minute on a build-up from Lucas Beste to Kevin Montes. Four minutes later, Tamayo headed home Beste’s well-placed corner kick for a 2-0 halftime lead. The defense of Javier Vega, Mario Macias and Garcia helped Wood River to its sixth shutout in 12 games.
Coach Luis Monjaras said, “It was great to play consistently especially in this weather. We finally put great opportunities away. Overall, it was a great team effort.”
Wood River improved to a league-leading 9-2-1 (6-1-1 league, 19 points), needing only a win at Minico Monday to nail down the top tournament seed.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, Burley (7-4-1, 4-2-1) prevailed 5-1 at home over Twin Falls (3-4-4, 2-2-3), and second-place Canyon Ridge (9-2-0, 5-2-0, 15 points) breezed 12-0 in Rupert over Minico (3-9-0, 0-7-0).
The Wood River girls host Minico’s Spartans for “Senior Night” Monday, Sept. 25 at Homer Field. On Monday, the junior varsity will start the action on the football field at 4:30 p.m. followed by “Senior Night” festivities and the varsity game about 6:30 p.m.
At Rupert Monday, the Wolverine boys’ varsity will play on the football field at 6 p.m. There will be no JV game.