Apr 22, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorLander Valley High School clinched a No. 1 seed from the Class 3-A Southeast conference on Friday by knocking off Torrington 4-0 in Goshen County.
The Tigers followed up that performance with a 4-1 victory Saturday against Newcastle to end the two-day road trip.
LVHS had suffered a 7-0 loss to Riverton on Tuesday afternoon.
"We had a lot of good passing against Torrington," LVHS head coach Dean Schaff said. "We had a lot of good communication. We did a lot of things that we had been working hard on. We played really well."
The Tigers will be back on the soccer field on Monday afternoon in a road match at Rawlins.
"Monday should be interesting because I should be at full strength," Schaff said. "I wasn't at full strength at all this weekend. I will have a chance to put some more pieces back into the puzzle and get moving forward."
LVHS completes the home regular season schedule by hosting Powell on Friday afternoon and Cody on Saturday.
"The Powell and Cody weekend will be a good test for us," Schaff said.
LVHS 4, Torrington 0
LVHS built a 2-0 lead after the first 40 minutes vs. Torrington.
Lander's Allison Schimming and Ella Welsh had a goal in the first half.
"We came out and played a little sluggish," Schaff said. "It took a little time to get us going. Once, we got going we played pretty well."
In the second half, Welsh and Taylor Meeks knocked in goals for the four-goal cushion.
"The play got a little rough in the second half," Schaff said. "Some of the calls weren't getting called the right way, but we were able to overcome and put two more in."
LVHS goalie Kristi Ragan picked up the win for the visiting squad. Ragan was credited with 10 saves.
LVHS 4, Newcastle 1
Goals on Saturday in the first half against Newcastle came from Schimming and Meeks.
In the second half, Emily Schimelpfenig and Mak Meeks had the goals in the final 40 minutes.
"We came out good against Torrington," Schaff said. "We just let Newcastle get some momentum late in the second half. It took us a little while to score again."
Schaff was pleased to see his defense only allow one goal in two matches after giving up seven to Riverton.
"Overall, our defense played really good," Schaff said. "We have some things that we need to work on. They are playing solid enough that they are allowing us to have time to get our midfielders back, which is a good thing."
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