Apr 23, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorOne goal early in the first half and one in the final half lifted the Lander Tigers to a 2-0 win over the Riverton Wolverines in windy conditions Tuesday in Lander.
The Tigers entered the battle as the No. 1 ranked team in Class 3-A. Riverton isn't ranked in Class 4-A.
"I felt like we played them pretty well," RHS coach Tanya Santee said. "We matched them shot for shot. I felt that we had more dangerous shots than they did. I felt like we played the type of soccer that we are attempting to play."
The wind was bad in the first half, but the conditions became better as the match progressed.
"The weather started to look bad then the wind backed up," Santee said. "I felt like it forced us to play good soccer. The weather didn't have an impact at all."
Lander's only setback this year was 2-1 to Green River in the title game of the Worland Invitational last weekend.
"I was real proud of our girls," Santee said. "I felt like we moved the ball well."
The Wolverines jump back into conference play Friday by hosting Rock Springs at Wolverine Field.
"That is starting up in our second half of the conference season," Santee said. "We want to play the same way that we did against Lander. It helps that we had all of our girls here. That was a bonus."
Lander plays Friday at Torrington and with Douglas on Saturday afternoon.
"We want to keep the pedal down," Lander coach Dean Schaff said. "We have to keep on playing good soccer. Right now, we are not where we want to be. We have to continue to get better."
Lander 2, Riverton 0
Early in the first half, Lander took advantage of a mistake by Riverton's defense when Lyndsey Crane scored to go up 1-0.
Ella Welsh scored late in the half to ice the game for the Tigers. She put in the goal on a breakaway.
"I don't think that we played well in the second half," Schaff said. "We weren't adjusting to things in the second half. We need to do a better job of that."
Riverton's offense was paced by Rachel Graham and Taylor Paskett Krause.
"I felt that Rachel and Taylor took several shots that were just wide of the goal," Santee said.
Lander's defense was spearheaded by goalkeeper Ashlynn Schamber.
"It's a great feeling beating Riverton, because I will never get to play them again," Schamber said. "I think that our defense played really good. They are good about rotating and dropping back and making sure the ball doesn't come to me. There were a couple of times that made me a little nervous, but I had faith in them."
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