RHS girls claim league win

Apr 19, 2014 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Finishing their first round of Class 4-A West girls soccer matches, the Riverton Wolverines kept the Evanston Red Devils winless in league play with a 2-0 win Saturday at Wolverine Field. Riverton advances its league record to 2-3, while Evanston's West record is 0-4.

The win was Riverton's first home win of the year.

The Wolverines scored the only goal of the first half when Taylor Paskett-Krause converted a penalty kick at the 17-minute mark after she had been knocked down in the penalty box while trying to control a cross from Savannah Salisbury.

"We controlled play, and I am happy about that," said Wolverine head coach Tanya Santee. "We took about 15 shots, all of which were on frame."

Early in the second half, Salisbury almost converted a Riverton corner kick, but her shot hit the post.

In the 76th minute, Morgan Doyle added an insurance goal for Riverton after an Ashlyn Coulson throw-in got the ball in front of the net.

"We did a much better job of dropping the ball and trying to find people who were open," Santee said. "We were able to create more pressure."

The Wolverines will travel to cross-county Class 3-A rival Lander Tuesday for a varsity match that is scheduled for 6 p.m., at the same time as the Riverton vs. Lander boys varsity game, according to the Riverton High School activities office website. Santee, however, thinks the varsity girls match may begin at 4 p.m.

"Lander is very technically good and are an experienced team," she said. "We are going to play solid defense to create our offense. We'll play simply and that will be our game plan."

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