Lady Russets blank Lady Panthers 4-0
THOMAS — Rivalry games are always fun.
The Snake River and Shelley boys soccer teams played a wild game on Tuesday afternoon, that saw nine goals scored and a two goal lead evaporate.
After watching their 3-1 lead disappear in the early minutes of the second half, the Russets took advantage of a Panthers miscue to earn a 5-4 win in the teams season opener at Snake River High School.
The Panthers Paulo Bergamaschi, who had already scored three goals in the game was involved in the play that tied the game at 4-4 with 8:48 to play.
Bregamaschi made a run down the right side of the field with the ball and sent a beautiful crossing pass to a streaking Juan Rivera who lept and struck the ball into the back of the net to tie the match.
But as fast as things looked up for the Panthers they came tumbling down 28 seconds later.
A misplay be the Snake River goalie put the ball on the foot of the Russets Alex Pena in front of an open net.
Pena didn't miss and put his second goal of the game in the net with 8:20 to play.
But those final 8:20 for the Russets players on the field as the Panthers put the offensive pressure on trying to get that equalizing goal.
The Panthers let a barrage of shots go on goal in the final minutes but the Shelley keeper was up to the challenge and saved each and every one.
It took 23 minutes for anyone to get on the board in the first half.
Shelley's Jace Barron somehow managed to put a ball into the back of the net while a scrum of players were in front of the goal to give Shelley a 1-0 lead.
Bergamaschi answered two minutes alter to tie the match at 1-1.
Shelley led 2-1 at halftime after a goal by Jake Hargraves.
Snake River travels to Teton on Tuesday, while Shelley hosts South Fremont, both games start at 6 p.m.