BLACKFOOT - Cassandra Clarke tallied four second half goals and the Blackfoot Lady Broncos opened their conference season with a convincing5-1 victory over visiting Pocatello on Tuesday evening.
"It's big to start conference with a win because now we aren't playing catch up," Blackfoot head coach Scott Stufflebeam said. "The girls did an excellent job and I really don't have anything to complain about."
Facing a stiff Southwesterly wind throughout the first half Blackfoot stood their ground defensively and actually took the1-0 lead when Emma Steidly cleaned up a rebound for a Lady Bronco lead that was never threatened.
"The wind was strong enough that it was a one goal advantage but to get a first half goal into the wind and then to shut them down was huge," Coach Stufflebeam said. "Pocatello had a real good playmaker up front and Mattison Chavez just came out and shut her down. Matti did a great job of marking her and frustrating her all day."
After battling the wind Blackfoot got that advantage in the second half and boy did they ever as the frontline tandem of Steidly and Clarke connected on goals in the forty-fourth, forty-sixth, fifty-fourth and seventy-fourth minutes of play.
"We want to get Emma and Cassandra working as a team up front and today it worked pretty well," Coach Stufflebeam said. "I liked the way we were aggressive on the offensive end. We worked the middle with crossing passes and even though they were man marking Cassandra we were able to get behind them for scoring chances."
Blackfoot will step out of conference on Thursday when they travel to Marsh Valley for a date with the Lady Eagles at 4:30 p.m.