THOMAS — Two weeks ago the Snake River Lady Panther soccer squad traveled too Arimo for a huge conference tilt on the pitch, emerging with a 1-0 victory. On Wednesday afternoon the Lady Eagles came calling looking too even the season series but came up short as Snake River once again prevailed by that same 1-0 score.
"We had the luckiest outcome that we could have had today," Snake River head coach Randy Turpin said. "Marsh Valley outplayed us today and could have won this game 4-1."
Indeed Marsh Valley had their opportunities, hitting the cross bar on a open net and then experienced the deflating feeling of a score being stolen as Snake River goal keeper Courtney Steinbaugh kicked a ball away from the line just before it crossed into the net.
"We just weren't on our game today and Marsh Valley always plays us tough like this," Turpin said. "Like I told the girls though, as a coach I failed them by not pushing them as hard as I should. Hopefully the girls will come alive and have more game in us tomorrow."
Lapses aside, Snake River got a first half goal that proved good enough as the defense turned in the plays when they needed to while Marsh Valley focused hard on the potent Snake River offense by running a 5 man defensive back line.
Snake River (12-1, 4-0) will travel to American Falls today for a big conference game that could determine the top seed in next weeks district tournament.