May 5, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorIn a showdown between two of the elite Class 3-A girls soccer teams in the state, the Lander Tigers edged Cody 2-1 Saturday afternoon in Lander.
The Tigers opened the weekend with a 3-0 victory over the Powell Panthers on Friday to begin the homestand.
Cody is projected to be fighting for a state title later this month in Jackson.
"The win was huge," Lander coach Dean Schaff said. "In the second half, we really dominated. We proved that we can play with anybody in the state."
Lander plays Jackson on Tuesday afternoon in Fremont County. The match is slated to start at 3 p.m.
"It will be a good challenge for us," Schaff said. "It will be important for us to put in a good showing."
Lander 2, Cody 1
Midway through the first half, Cody surprised Lander's defense with an early goal.
The Tigers deadlocked the score at 1-1 right before half on a breakaway goal by Taylor Meeks with five minutes left in the first half.
"It was very key to the outcome of the game," Schaff said. "We were able to slow the momentum. We would have been down if it was 1-0 at halftime."
In the second half, Lander controlled the ball and dominated play.
"Cody only had three or four chances on goal," Schaff said.
The game winner came in the second half on goal from Rachael Troxel.
After the goal, Lander did a lot of shooting at the Cody goalkeeper.
Lander 3, Powell 0
The Tigers came out focused from the opening minute Friday with the Panthers.
"We did some things that we wanted to work on," Schaff said. "I moved some pieces around. It was a fun game. Any time you score first is huge."
The first goal came three minutes in from Morgan Gramlich.
Ella Welsh blasted in the second goal midway through the first half for the 2-0 lead.
Troxel put in the final goal for the Tigers.
"We probably have 11 girls that are playing really well," Schaff said. "I have two or three off the bench that don't miss a beat. We are really balanced. They are fun to watch."
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