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Riverton girls get two big road soccer wins; battle Lander Tuesday
Apr 15, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
The Riverton girls soccer team hit the road Friday and Saturday and gained two big wins, one in overtime, to even their Class 4-A West conference record to 2-2-1 after their first round of conference games.
This Tuesday, the Wolverines will play their last non-conference regular season match when they travel to Lander. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m., but may be moved up to 3 p.m. according to Riverton High School activities director Keith Bauder.
Big win in Green River
On Friday, Riverton beat Green River 3-2 in overtime in a game that was tied 1-1 after regulation.
"We had enough opportunities to get a goal at some point in the game, but we didn't," said head coach Rick Bergstedt. "We had a little mental breakdown and allowed them to score in the 55th minute, but we kept plugging away. Marcia Ashdown scored in the 78th minute on an assist from Baylee Stafford to even the score at 1-1. That's how regulation ended."
Green River scored three minutes into the first overtime according to Bergstedt, but the Wolverines bounced right back.
"Marcia scored in the 87th minute on a free kick, after having been fouled, to the far post from about 25 yards out, and it was 2-2 after the first overtime," Bergstedt said.
Ashdown netted the game winner in the 93rd minute.
"We sort of scrambled in the last two minutes of the game," Bergstedt said.
Bergstedt said his team's defense performance against Green River was solid.
"That is the best defense we've played all year," Bergstedt said.
Riverton blasted Evanston 6-1 Saturday but did not play well in the first half and acted "frustrated" according to Bergstedt.
"We had plenty of opportunities but couldn't put the game away early," Bergstedt said
Riverton didn't score its first goal until Rachel Graham found a corner kick that had bounced around in the box in the 30th minute to get the Wolverines on the board.
Marcia Ashdown scored twice early in the second half to put Riverton up 3-0.
"From that point on, we settled down," Bergstedt said. "We played more comfortably."
In the 58th minute, Taylor Paskett-Krause played to Alexis Oaks for a goal, and in the 67th minute, Baylee Stafford assisted Ashdown to put Riverton up 5-0. Megan Hambrick assisted Ashdown for Riverton's final goal in the 67th minute.
Evanston scored late on a free kick in the 75th minute for their only goal.