THOMAS — A week removed from a nil-nil tie at Shelley High School, the Snake River Lady Panthers and the Shelley Lady Russets resumed their county rivalry on Saturday as they returned to the pitch looking for a definitive winner.
At the end of the day it was the visiting Shelley squad who stood triumphant as the final whistle blew as they celebrated a solid 3-1 victory.
"I was pleased with how we started and I was pleased with how we played all the way throughout the game, we never let down," Shelley head coach Jim Gregory said. "We've been working hard on finishing and today it paid off. I was very pleased with how we finished and our possession."
In the tie at Shelley, the Lady Russets controlled the ball for a majority of the contest but were unable to finish those possessions with a goal. On Saturday, they cleared that problem up early as freshman Kira Marlow solved the scoring riddle with a sweet little goal in the seventh minute of play for a 1-0 Lady Russet advantage.
"In today's game Shelley finished their shots," Snake River head coach Randy Turpin said. "We were tired and when powder puff is more important than soccer I guess that's fine but it's hard to compete when your tired."
Snake River responded to the Shelley goal with a goal in the twentieth minute of play to tie the game at 1-1 but momentum swung back to the Shelley side of the field late in the half when Katelyn Cox scored a goal off of the assist from Kailey Jorgensen for a 2-1 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the half.
Shelley extend that lead to 3-1 with a Jasmin Vega goal six minutes into the second half as they turned the game over to their defense and their talented senior goal keeper Nikki Nelson.
"Nikki is absolutely awesome," Coach Gregory said. "I'm just real pleased with how we played all the way through the end of the game."
Both teams will return to conference play on Tuesday with Snake River (5-3-4, 3-0) hosting Marsh Valley and Shelley (4-2-5, 2-1-2) hosting Teton. Both contests are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.