Eagles handle Lady Cougars 5-1 in season opener for both schools

FIRTH — With the dawn of a new season there is always nerves for both players and coaches.
But for second year head coach Trevor Clayson and the Firth girls soccer team the start of the 2014 season is a chance to get the programs first win in over year.
Standing in front of the Cougars and that first win Thursday afternoon was the defending 3A District 5 champ Marsh Valley Eagles.
It was't the start the Cougars had hoped for as the Eagles scored three goals in the first 10 minutes of the game on the way to a 5-1 victory.
It took less than three minutes for the Eagles to get onto the board when Lindsey Nichols put a rebound shot into the past Firth goalie Kylee Bolinder.
A couple minutes later the Eagles Siddy James beat the Cougars back line defenders and then beat Bolinder for a quick 2-0 Eagles lead.
Brinn Peck scored the Eagles third goal of the opening 10 minutes to give Marsh Valley a lead they would never relinquish.
The Cougars got on the board thanks to the leg of Jacee Jensen.
Jensen made a run down the right side of the field past the Marsh Valley defenders and then placed a shot in the lower right corner of the net to cut the Eagles lead to 3-1.
A defensive miscue by the Cougars resulted in an own goal just before halftime as the Eagles went into the half up 4-1.
During his halftime speech Clayson told his team they needed to pick up the intensity and keep with their players.as the Eagles were just flying through the Cougars defense.
When the second half began the Cougars were listening to Clayson's halftime speech as they picked up the defense pressure and began to mount an offensive attack.
The offensive attack unfortunately did not equate into any goals, but it did give the Cougars something to build on going forward.
Marsh Valley's Kylie Hancock added a goal late in the second half to make the final deficit 5-1 for the Cougars.
Firth hosts Shelley on Saturday morning at 11 a.m.