BELLE, W.Va. -- Class AAA No. 5 Spring Valley jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as the Timberwolves blanked host Riverside 5-0 Saturday in girls high school soccer at the Riverside Soccer Field.
Freshman Canaan Booten got Spring Valley on the board in the sixth minute, pushing a shot past Warrior keeper Kara Knapp for the 1-0 lead.
The Timberwolves (10-3) dominated possession and continued to keep Riverside pinned in its defensive third for the majority of the match. Spring Valley coach Kenny Burner said developing a flow is important against a difficult team like the Warriors.
"For a road game and playing a hard team like [Riverside], 5-0 is a good win for us," said Burner. "When our girls work hard, pass and possess the ball as well as we did today, we should win the game."
Spring Valley extended its lead to 3-0 before halftime with goals from Amy Stuart on a penalty kick in the 22nd minute and a tap-in from Quincy Webb on a cross from the right wing in the 36th minute.
Play got chippy for both teams in the second half with many fouls being whistled for reckless challenges. In an effort to get the game under control, the two-man referee crew eventually ejected a spectator from the complex and issued six yellow cards, including one to Riverside coach Bert McDermitt.
Kalee Davis extended the Timberwolves lead with a goal in the 49th minute and Amy Stewart finished the scoring in the 77th minute, converting a penalty kick.
Spring Valley outshot the No. 12-ranked Warriors 26-4. Riverside had its best scoring opportunity in the 34th minute when Rachel Daw directed a header from a corner kick just a foot left of the goal.
The Timberwolves, who have won six of their last seven matches, face a tough contest when they travel to No. 1 Winfield Thursday. Riverside (7-6) will host Ripley and Shady Spring next week.