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Ashdown’s hat trick plus one not enough for RHS
Marcia Ashdown, left, and Vanessa Nells, right, played for control of the ball against Tanner Straight, 12, during Riverton's loss to Gillette on Tuesday afternoon at Wolverine Field. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Ashdown hat trick plus one not enough for Lady Wolverines

Apr 4, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

With Gillette native and University of Wyoming assistant soccer coach Levi Evans watching, Cowgirl recruit Marcia Ashdown, playing with a thick cast on her right arm, scored four goals for the Riverton Lady Wolverines Tuesday night at Wolverine Field.

But the Gillette Camels netted one more to get a 5-4 soccer win over Riverton in a non-conference game played during Riverton High School's spring break.

Ashdown scored her first goal off a through ball in the sixth minute to give Riverton a quick 1-0 lead.

Gillette's strong Michelle McGeary scored the first of her two goals in the 14th minute to tie the score, and Karen Storie found the net from 22 yards out to give Gillette a 2-1 lead.

Ashdown answered in the 28th minute when she bent a corner kick into the net.

Again the score was even, but Lady Camel goals by McGeary and Brittney Lacek put Gillette up 4-2.

"We still need to learn how to organize defensively and be aware of what is going on. We're still disorganized.

They attack you in a lot of different ways.," Riverton head coach Rick Bergstedt said.

Ashdown completed her first-half hat trick when her free kick found the back right corner of the net to pull Riverton within one at 4-3 just before the halftime break.

The Lady Camels extended their lead to 5-3 when Erin Thamm scored in the 50th minute, but Ashdown drilled a through ball from Alexis Oaks to give Riverton hope at 5-4 with 11 minutes still to play.

Ashdown's fourth goal was the last good shot Riverton would get, and Gillette took the win.

"If we stay positive about things, we are a much more effective team.

'Despite the fact that they scored goals early, we came right back and decided we were not going to worry about it," head Bergstedt said.

With the loss, Riverton (1-4-1, 0-2-1 4-A West) will now have a 10-day break from games and won't see the pitch again until Class 4-A West conference play resumes Friday, April 13, in Green River.

"I wish we were more technical at clearing balls at our feet. It's the ten-thousand hour rule. It's easy when you've done it since you were six. It's not so easy when you don't," Bergstedt said.

Gillette's junior varsity beat Riverton's JV 3-0.

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