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Eagles spoil Panthers senior night

October 6, 2013

Marsh Valley’s Mackenzie Hammer, left, and Snake River’s Julie Bell battle for the ball during Saturday night’s game at Snake River High School.

THOMAS — Maybe it was the emotion of senior night or the fact that the Snake River Lady Panthers were playing under the lights on Harrison Field, a place they normally do not play, whatever the reason was the team did not look comfortable.

Two goals in the opening seven minutes were more than enough for the visiting Marsh Valley Eagles as they spoiled senior night for the five Lady Panthers as they took home a 3-0 victory Saturday night.
The opening minutes of the game have been a problem for the Lady Panthers for much of the season. A few weeks ago in a home game against American Falls, Snake River gave up four goals in the opening 10 minutes, then settled down and allowed just one goal in the final 70 minutes of the game.
Saturday night was very similar to that game of a few weeks ago with one exception; the Panthers never got a shot on goal.
It took Marsh Valley less than three minutes to get on the board as Lindy Nichols found herself wide open in front of Snake River goalie Jessi Adams and ripped a shot into the left side of the net.
Four minutes later Jacinta May turned and last go a shot from the top of the 18-yard box and that beat Adams and before the fans had even gotten comfortable in their seats it was 2-0 Eagles.
From the opening kick-off the Panthers tried to keep the ball out of the middle of the field as Harrison Field has a crown in the middle of it that helps with drainage.
With the crown passes would roll from one side of the field to the other, the problem for the Panthers was that their passes seemed to always find the foot of an Eagles player or went out of bounds.
"We have a lot of things to improve on," Lady Panthers head coach Randy Turpin told his team after the game. "That was the worst game we have played all year."
The Panthers did get the ball into Eagles territory and did get two runs towards the Eagles net, but the ball ran picked up speed as it reached the goal allowing the goalie to make an easy save.
The Eagles added one more goal in the second half as Nichols intercepted a bad pass and struck a shot the ricocheted off the left post and into the net. When the ball went into the net a handful on Panthers dropped to they knees in disappointment.
Snake River closes out the Regular season Tuesday at American Falls. Kick-off is 5 p.m.

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