Apr 19, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterIt's all even.
The Riverton High School girls soccer team's overall record is 4-4-1. The team's Class 4-A West record, after playing the first round of conference matches, is 2-2-1. The last time RHS played Rock Springs, its home opponent this Friday, the score was, well, even at 1-1.
Game time Friday for the Lady Wolverines is at 6 p.m. at Wolverine Field. They'll hope to roll with momentum generated from a three-game winning streak with consecutive wins over Green River, Evanston and Lander.
And, after struggling a bit early in the season with offensive production, Riverton has scored 20 goals in its last four games and hopes to keep the offensive attack in overdrive.
Riverton may expect to be in a tough, physical battle Friday. The first match with Rock Springs was exactly that, and coach Rick Bergstedt noted that his team was frustrated with that style of play.
"We were getting mad about their physical style of play instead of ignoring it. Our kids need to keep their heads and recognize that they don't have control over what the referee does, but do have control over how they play," Bergstedt said.
Other teams, though, have not voiced concerns to Bergsted about the tough style of play by Rock Springs.
"Nobody else claimed they were very physical, so I guess we'll see. I was surprised to hear that from other teams, but who knows? I don't know what to expect. We're becoming more effective. If we continue to improve, we'll have success against them," Bergstedt said.
Riverton will continue to rely on its depth and try to create diversity on the attack. Camey Fegler has moved up from junior varsity to play left outside back. Amy Woodward's move to center back will now be permanent, according to Bergstedt.
And, Riverton continues to possess one of the most powerful one-two attack in the West 4-A with Marcia Ashdown and Alexis Oaks.
"Marcia creates problems for people. If they are going to struggle with her, she will score goals. On the other hand, her just being in the game draws attention. When she is playing well and laying the ball off on occasion, that gives the opportunity for people like Alexis, who had three or four great looks (against Lander). They do a pretty good job connecting and passing.
People are going to concentrate on her (Ashdown), and she needs to deal with that in ways that are effective so that she can play a whole game," Bergstedt said.
After Friday's match with Rock Springs, the Lady Wolverines will have a week off before traveling to Casper for games against Natrona County High School and Casper Kelly Walsh.
But the home contest against Rock Springs is now on the front burner for Riverton.
"There is some sense that we didn't play our best down there, and our kids are fired up to play this game," Bergstedt said.
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