Apr 18, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorMarcia Ashdown scored five goals Tuesday to propel Riverton High School to a commanding 7-0 girls soccer victory over Lander Valley High School.
The victory was the final one against the Tigers for head RHS coach Rick Bergstedt and his assistant coach and wife, Peggy Bergstedt.
Rick Bergstedt started coaching during the 1986 season, and Peggy Bergsted began in 1987.
The Bergstedts are retiring at the end of the season.
"It has been a great rivalry," head coach Rick Bergstedt said. "This has always been a tough, physical match. I would bet that I played them 40 times over the years. We used to play them twice a year. "
The two Fremont County schools now play just once a year because the Wolverines are in Class 4-A and the Tigers are in 3-A.
"We have had periods of times when we have had lots of success," Bergstedt said. "Lander had a couple of stretches when they had a lot of success.
There have been some games when the better team didn't win."
"Lander is dealing with a couple of injuries, but I thought that we started out settled," Bergstedt said. "For the most part, I thought that we defended really well. That allowed us to play a little more of a attacking game and generate a little more offense. I do think the offense came from the defense."
The solid defense from the Wolverines translated into a 4-0 cushion at the halftime break.
Riverton's Alexis Oaks started the scoring midway through the first half.
Ashdown took over in the final 20 minutes scoring three goals using her speed vs. Lander's defense.
In the second half, Ashdown scored two early goals and Rachel Graham put in the final one.
LVHS goalkeeper Kristi Ragan was busy all match trying to defend Riverton's high-powered offense.
"Lander is struggling with a goalkeeper that is brand new," Bergstedt said. "The Ragan girl worked hard the entire match. She made some young mistakes that allowed us to score."
Amy Woodward and Karissa Kister are the two center back players in the win over the Tigers.
Camey Fegler and Aisha Durfey both contribute to the defense for the Wolverines.
"Camey came in a situation with Green River and Evanston last week because we had some kids missing," Bergstedt said. "She played as well as somebody that hadn't played before."
The two midfielders are Chasely Morgan and Cassity Haverkmap. The pair controlled the ball vs. the Tigers.
"They had two outstanding games," Bergstedt said.
"They kept them from making those passes into those attackers. They just hustled and worked and made things difficult for Lander to play." Maci Evans played the first half in goal for the Wolverines.
Bergstedt put Jannina Seib in the goalkeeper position in the second half.
"We have done that a lot," Bergstedt said. "Sometimes in the first half they need a break. Maci is not as comfortable as I would like her to be, but she has became more comfortable."
The Wolverines are peaking at the right time of the season with a month left.
The turning point was a 5-4 loss to Gillette a couple of weeks ago. "We played Gillette tough, but I thought that we began to believe in ourselves a little more," Bergstedt said. "We knew if we worked hard then good things will happen. I think that we built from that."
RHS followed up its performance sweeping Evanston and Green River last weekend on the road for two key Class 4-A West victories.
"The win over Green River was big," Bergstedt said. "We were just solid over Evanston. I just think that we are improving at the rate that we should be. We are preparing ourselves to be more successful in conference."
The Wolverines will look to carry the momentum into Friday's conference road match vs Rock Springs.
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