May 12, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Lander Tigers completed an undefeated girls soccer regular season against Class 3-A opponents with a 3-1 victory Saturday afternoon in Newcastle.
Lander finished the regular season at 14-1. The only setback on the season was 2-1 in overtime to Class 4-A Green River. By winning the Class 3-A Southeast division, Lander now has this weekend off.
The two other teams in the league are Rawlins and Torrington. They must play in a regional qualifying match this week to make the state tournament.
"We came out a little flat against Newcastle," Lander coach Dean Schaff said. "We scored a couple of goals early. It was just an odd day. It was a long day. I don't think we were ready for the situation, but we came out and did some good things."
The state tournament is May 22-24 in Jackson.
"The break is coming at a right time," Schaff said. "We are a little beat up and a little sick. This will give us a good chance to rest up and get some legs back underneath us."
Lander 3, Newcastle 1
Newcastle opened the non-conference match and stayed right with the Tigers early one.
The Tigers made it on the scoreboard when Taylor Meeks scored on a header 10 minutes into the match.
Teammate Audrya Tarango had the assist.
"We settled down and played a little better toward the second half," Schaff said.
With 13 minutes left in the first half, Tanango knocked the ball into the net for a 2-0 cushion.
Six minutes into the second half, Tanango put in her second goal.
"We were playing a couple of girls down against Newcastle," Schaff said. "I had a couple of girls that I rested."
I was just trying to fine some girls with chemistry."
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