THOMAS — For the fourth year in a row, the Snake River Lady Panther soccer squad are heading to the state tournament, representing the fifth district as the conference champions.
"I told these girls that this is our field and we don't want to go home without winning on this field with this team," Snake River head coach Randy Turpin said. "We had play out of kids all day long like they wanted to win and I'm sorry but American Falls didn't know what to do with us. These dang kids have so much heart and I can't say enough."
Facing a physical and tough American Falls squad, the Lady Panthers shot out of the gate from the get go, putting the pressure on the Lady Beavers to the tune of a 3 goal first half.
"I think that the first half was the best half that we have played as a team." Kenna Jensen said.
"I think that we passed well as a team." Aubrey Kofford added.
Any thought of a let down in the second half was quickly dispelled in the first two minutes as the Panthers worked the ball down the middle of the field with some adept team passing, leading to a fourth goal before most fans had even realized that the game had resumed.
"I am very proud of the girls and how they played today," Courtney Steinbaugh said. "They represented Snake River very well and I think that going into state this way with our heads held high that we should do pretty good. I think that we can do it."
A tack on goal in the 57th minute sealed a 5-0 victory and a ticket to the state dance which will begin next Thursday in Twin Falls.
"It will be a tough road, we will draw the first place team from another district, more than likely Fruitland or Payette in the first round," coach Turpin said. "If we play 80 minutes like we did in the first 20 today, I think and hope that we have a real good chance of bringing home some hardware."