SHELLEY — The Shelley Lady Russets welcomed the Blackfoot Lady Broncos to town on Tuesday afternoon as the new conference foes battled it out on the pitch for the last time this regular season.
In a highly entertaining contest Blackfoot emerged triumphant 3-1 but not without a valiant fight by the Lady Russets.
"Our defense stepped up well today, our communication has improved and I was pleased with how they stepped up much better than the last time we played Blackfoot," Shelley head coach Jim Gregory said. "We are getting better. We are still young but we are making progress and I think that you could see that today."
A highly spirited first half found the game knotted at 1-1 heading into the break. Blackfoot freshman Cassandra Clarke got the games first goal in the 25th minute of play.
"One thing that I have been concerned with has been our non existent passing game," Blackfoot head coach Scott Stufflebeam said. "We have been working that in practice and our goal today was to execute the 1-2 passing game today and I think that we accomplished that."
Ten minutes later Shelley responded with a goal from Mikaila Wilson.
Blackfoot had an opportunity to take a half time lead when Shelley was called for a hand ball in the goal box awarding the Lady Broncos a penalty kick.
Nikki Nelson stepped up big for the Lady Russets, thwarting a Ruby Pelayo blast that brought the Shelley bench to their collective feet as the whistle sounded.
"There was concern at the half with how pumped up they were over that big save so I told the girls that they would need to pick it up and deflate their feeling of euphoria so that early goal was big for us."