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Split ends Lady Tigers' home season

Apr 29, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Lander Valley High School girls soccer coach Dean Schaff was satisfied with the way his team played in a 2-1 overtime win vs. Powell on Friday, and the same goes for the 1-0 loss Saturday to Cody in the final two home matches of the season.

Win streak snapped

The loss to the Fillies snapped a four-game winning streak by the Tigers.

"I thought we played better Saturday than we did on Friday," LVHS coach Dean Schaff said. "The ball didn't bounce our way one time against Cody, and it hurt us. I'm excited about where we are. I think that we are going in the right direction."

Schaff won't be surprised if the Fillies are challenging for a Class 3-A state semifinal spot in a couple of weeks at the state tournament in Sheridan.

"Cody has a lot of skilled players," Schaff said. "They have a lot of team speed. They do a lot of things that can get you."

LVHS concludes the regular season in a road match on Tuesday vs. Jackson. The Tigers beat Jackson in their first meeting of the year.

"Jackson is playing a lot better than they did the first time," Schaff said. "It's a good chance to see what we are made of."

Cody 1, Lander 0

After a scoreless first half, the Fillies broke the tie when Darby Bell found the net past LVHS goalkeeper Krisiti Ragan.

"Our defenders stepped up and misplayed the ball a little bit," Schaff said. "They were able to get a chip-in."

The goal happened 15 minutes into the second half.

"Kristi mishandled it a little bit, and the other girl just followed it in," Schaff said. "Cody was just able to finish it off."

In the final minutes, Lander's Taylor Meeks fired a bullet as the Cody goalkeeper used all of her frame to take the ball down.

"That was a great shot by Taylor," Schaff said. "Most goalkeepers in the state wouldn't have stopped the goal. She made a good play on the ball. She was in the right position."

The shot by Meeks was the best scoring chance of the match.

"We didn't challenge the goalkeeper enough," Schaff said. "That is one thing that we need to work on. We need to get more shots on goal."

Lander 2, Powell 1 OT

Powell went up 1-0 Friday on its only goal of the match with 10 minutes left on the clock in the first half.

"We came out rather tentative," Schaff said. "We didn't play that well after the first five minutes of the game."

The turning point for the Tigers was when LVHS senior Annikki Peterson scored on a penalty kick in the second half

"After that we decided to start to play," Schaff said. "We played a little more aggressive after the penalty kick."

Clutch kick

Schaff knew Peterson would deliver on the clutch kick.

"I have seen Annikki hit those before," Schaff said. "The kick was huge. The ball hit the post and bounced in. The kick was right where it needed to be."

The goal tied the score at 1-1 with a little more than 20 minutes left in regulation.

The Tigers scored in the first 10 minute overtime period on a goal by Meeks. That put the home squad ahead for good at 2-1 seven minutes into the first overtime period. On the goal, Meeks went one-on-one with the Powell goalkeeper putting the ball right into the net.

"We controlled the ball and played a lot more aggressive than they did in the overtimes," Schaff said.

The 80 minute match was played in windy conditions.

"The weather was causing us some issues," Schaff said. "It was kind of tough for our kids to get used to it because we play such a controlled style. It's something that we have to get better at, because you never know what you are going to get at state."

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