Apr 22, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRiverton High School continues its climb up the Class 4-A West girls soccer standings after blanking Rock Springs 3-0 on Friday night at Wolverine Field.
The Wolverines went scoreless in the first 40 minutes, but generated three goals in the second half for the league victory.
Marcia Ashdown led the attack with two goals, and teammate Alexis Oaks had one.
The Wolverines had lost to Rock Springs 1-0 in the first meeting of the season.
"The win was big for us," RHS coach Rick Bergstedt said. "The game was a little ragged. I'm not sure that we played our best match. We created enough opportunities that the score could have been worse."
The win over the Tigers was the fourth straight victory for RHS. In the streak, the Wolverines have knocked off Green River, Evanston and Lander.
"I was real pleased with the way we played defensively against Rock Springs," Bergstedt said. "The girls thought they played a little unsettled at times."
Bergstedt said the win probably will put the Wolverines in fourth-place in the Class 4-A West conference.
RHS will hit the road for conference matches Friday at Casper Natrona and Saturday with Kelly Walsh.
The Wolverines lost 4-0 to Casper Natrona and 3-0 to the KW Lady Trojans earlier in the season at Wolverine Field.
Riverton 3, Rock Springs 0
The first half with the Tigers on Friday afternoon belonged to Riverton, but the Wolverines couldn't find the net.
Oaks and Ashdown had several good scoring opportunities to take the early lead but didn't connect.
The Rock Springs goalie collected a number of saves on breakaway goals by the speedy pair of Ashdown and Oaks.
"It's kind of hard to dribble into the wind and push the ball," Bergstedt said. "There was a little breeze. Marcia was struggling a little bit. The defenders for Rock Springs were pretty quick. They were doing a pretty good job of being physical with Marcia."
It didn't take long for RHS to break the tie in the second half. In the first minute, Ashdown stole the ball from Rock Springs and drilled the ball into the net for the 1-0 lead.
"With the wind at our back in the second half, we weren't so nervous defensively," Bergstedt said. "It allowed us to be a little more effective offensively."
With 30 minutes left in regulation, RHS goalkeeper Maci Evans collected a save off a corner kick from a Rock Springs player.
The play turned out to be the most serious threat for the Tigers to score all game long.
Seven minutes later, Ashdown gave RHS some breathing room, putting another goal in the net for the 2-0 cushion.
Oaks followed with a goal to seal the conference victory.
"I thought that the game was physical," Bergstedt said. "Their were a lot of kids on the ground during the course of the match."
Riverton's defense was anchored by Amy Woodward and Karissa Kister.
Behind five goals from Ashdown, the Wolverines pounded LVHS 7-0 on Tuesday afternoon.
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