Two home wins for Lander girlsMar 30, 2014 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Two different kinds of victories were produced by the Lander Tigers girls soccer team to begin the season.
Lander crushed the Rawlins Outlaws 10-0 on Friday in its home opener.
The Tigers blanked Torrington 3-0 Saturday afternoon to complete the sweep at the Lander soccer field.
Both the matches were against conference opponents.
"It's a great way to start the season," Lander coach Dean Schaff said. "It's not ideal to start the season with conference games, but it's nice to have two wins."
Schaff liked the early progress from the Tigers.
"We were able to work on some things and get a little better," Schaff said. "Hopefully, we will move forward. The schedule is a little tougher after spring break. We will take what we learned from this weekend and transfer them after the break."
The most important the Tigers did in two games was control the ball.
"We played the ball into places where we were creating an attack," Schaff said. "Even though we didn't have a lot of shots go in against Torrington, that was the biggest area of improvement."
Lander 3, Torrington 0
In their second match of the season, the Tigers were up 2-0 at the break vs. Torrington.
Ella Welsh and Taylor Meeks had the two goals in the first 40 minutes of play.
"We controlled most of the game," Schaff said. "Torrington had a few chances, but they maybe have two shots on goal. We did make mistakes in the back that we have to fix."
Late in the second half, Torrington was called for a hand ball, giving the Tigers a penalty kick.
Schaff had Audrya Tanango put the ball into the net.
"Audrya has been working really hard," Schaff said. "I think that she deserved a chance to step up and prove that she can do it."
The Tigers take next weekend off from competition because of spring break.
"Spring break is wrong timing for us right now," Schaff said. "We are finally kind of getting into things. We are finally starting to get out and play good soccer, and now everybody will be gone."
Lander plays in the Worland Invitational on April 11-12.
Lander 10, Rawlins 0
The Tigers took a 2-0 cushion going into the break. Lander exploded for seven more goals to cruise to the easy victory.
"We didn't play too great in the first half," Schaff said. "Then we kind of corrected some things in the second half. We were able to take advantage of some of the things that they were giving us. You never want to win that way, but they are tough games to coach."
Alicia Espinosa and Meeks had two goals apiece, as did Rachael Troxel.
"We were able to move some people around and take a look at some different things," Schaff said. "Wins like that let you to have a look at some of your younger kids."