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Lady Tigers fall to Jackson in OT

May 6, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Two goals in overtime put Jackson over the top 3-1 on Tuesday in a non-conference girls soccer match over Lander Valley High School in Teton County.

The contest ended the regular season for LVHS.

The Tigers had beaten Jackson earlier in the season.

Jackson is the defending Class 3-A girls state champion.

"Jackson is getting a lot better," LVHS coach Dean Schaff said. "They are a team that I wouldn't want to face at the state tournament, unless it was for the state championship."

Jackson came out of the gates and put a goal on the Tigers in the first half to put the hole at 1-0.

The final 10 minutes in the first half and the first 38 minutes of the second half were scoreless.

Lander knotted up the score at 1-1 with two minutes left in regulation when Taylor Meeks put the ball in the back of the net.

"The girls were excited, but they knew that they had more soccer to play," Schaff said. "We knew that we were playing a little better when regulation got over."

In the first minute of overtime, Meeks shot a goal that hit off the post.

Schaff said LVHS controlled the first overtime period.

"We kind of ran out of gas in the second overtime," he said.

Jackson scored its goals late in the second overtime period for the two-goal victory. The goals were within a minute of each other.

"We probably played some of our better soccer toward the end of that game," Schaff said. "We came out good enough, just not great in the first 60 minutes. We were good enough to keep us in the game."

Long break

The Tigers will now be off until the state tournament set for May 17-19 in Sheridan.

"This is a good break for us because we have prom and some injuries," Schaff said. "This will be a good break for the girls.

"We will go back to the fundamentals during the break," Schaff said. "We will do some conditioning just to make sure we keep the competitive shape that we need to be in."

The Tigers play the loser of Star Valley/Jackson in the first round of the state tournament. That match will be played on Tuesday in Jackson.

Lander has earned a No. 1 seed from the Class 3-A Southeast conference and won't have to play in a play-in game.

The Tigers went 4-0 in the conference with Rawlins and Torrington.

"We are right in there with Jackson," Schaff said.

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