TWIN FALLS — The last time the Twin Falls girls soccer team faced off against the Wood River Wolverines, the Bruins battled to a hard-fought 1-0 road victory.
The rematch, hosted by the Bruins Tuesday at the Sunway Soccer Complex was just as physical, with the home team sweeping the season series with a 4-0 win.
“I expect my girls to come out and play hard regardless of who we face,” said Bruins head coach Katie Kauffman. “And when we play Wood River, you can always expect a good quality game from both teams. We always look forward to playing them.”
The game started slowly, with both teams exchanging shots on goal, looking to find a rhythm. As the first half progressed the Bruins began to give Wolverine goalkeeper Scout Hutchinson all she could handle as their game plan began to take shape. Hutchinson was up to the task, however, and she continued to turn away Twin’s scoring opportunities with some impressive play in the net.
Junior Alexa Rierson broke the stalemate for the Bruins, scoring midway through the first half. That opened the floodgates for Twin Falls, as juniors Pheobe Valdez and Ellie Jackson each found the back of the net, giving the home team a 3-0 lead at the end of the first half.
“It was nice to see the girls to get into a rhythm and find their passing game,” Kauffman said. “They definitely played the type of soccer we like to see them play.”
Not a team to lay down after a frustrating first half, the Wolverines began the second frame with a purpose, moving the ball well and creating scoring opportunities. Freshman keeper Sidnee Naerebout was on her game for the Bruins, though, protecting the net en route to the shutout.
“As a freshman, that’s huge for her to get a shutout like that,” Kauffman said. “That will continue to build her confidence moving forward.”
Bruins junior Madison Glascock added one more goal to close out the scoring in the 4-0 victory.
“Maddy had a great game today, she played real physical soccer,” Kauffman said. “She made some great runs and created a lot of options. She scored that last goal with just her hard work and digging it out.”
A win against a quality conference opponent is always a good feeling, and Coach Kauffman praised Wood River for their effort.
“They came to play,” Kauffman said. “It was a high-intensity game, and that’s the kind of soccer we like to play. It’s good to have opponents who play high-intensity with you. Wood River is a really skilled team, they have good pace to their game. It was a good win for us.”
The Bruins head to Burley on Thursday to take on the Bobcats. Gametime is 4:30 p.m.