ABERDEEN — Fans of high school soccer were in for a real treat on Thursday afternoon as the Tigers and Panthers squared off on the pitch in what turned out to be a highly entertaining contest between the Bingham County rivals.
In a match that was played about as evenly as one could imagine, the teams combined for 3 goals over a six minute span on the play clock, with Aberdeen coming away with a 2-1 victory that propelled them onto the top of the district standings.
"For the first two days of harvest I think that we did pretty good," Aberdeen head coach Nate Tracy said. "We were missing three players, including our best defensive player and we had guys showing up just before kick off from their jobs but they came out and did what they know how to do."
The teams battled back and forth for the first 38 minutes of play when Aberdeen solved the riddle that is Snake River goal keeper Tyler Roll. Executing a corner kick Ezequiel Uribe placed a ball just over the leaping Roll. Jose Medez snuck in behind the play and headed the ball into the back of the net for the games first score.
One minute later the Tigers were awarded another corner kick and on this occasion Uribe took care of business all by himself as he bent a perfect shot around the defense, caroming off the back post and into the net for a 2-0 Tiger lead.
For most squads giving up a pair of goals in the final 2 minutes of the half could decimate them for the remainder of the contest.
Not on this night however as the Panthers came out of the break pumped up for the comeback attempt.
"There really wasn't a lot of talk at half time," Snake River head coach Trevor Peterson said. "There were a few jokes and I know that the kids know what to do. They know how to play and they just needed to get excited, play happy and play hard."
That formula worked early for the Panthers as Cooper Peterson scored in the 44th minute of play for the Panthers lone goal.
Each team had several opportunities to add to the final goal tally but a combination of just missed shots and superb defense ruled the remainder of the game, ending in the Tigers win.
Snake River girls 8, Aberdeen 0
ABERDEEN — The offensive juggernaut that is Snake River girls soccer turned in another dominating performance on Thursday afternoon as they proved themselves to be inhospitable house guests with a 8-0 victory over the home standing Lady Tigers of Aberdeen.
"As I stand back in the goal spectating I notice that the girls are playing really well as a team," Snake River goal keeper Courtney Steinbaugh said. "We are playing really well as a unit and if we keep it up we can go to state."
Fellow captain Stefaine Monschau concurred with her team mate saying, "We did a great job with good passes and good runs but defensively we didn't have a lot to do."
Indeed a short handed Aberdeen squad continued their season long power outage on the offensive end but that didn't deter the eleven Lady Tigers who dressed down for the game to put up their best efforts until the final whistle.
"We started with 11 girls today and we played with 10 for awhile," Aberdeen head coach Wayne Adams said. "We had a couple of girls quit to work full time in the harvest but the girls came out and played hard, they really played their guts out. There is just no quit in them."