Ashdown's hat trick sends Riverton to state soccer

May 11, 2012 Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Senior striker Marcia Ashdown scored three first-half goals Thursday to lead the Riverton Lady Wolverines to a 3-1 first-round win over Rock Springs in the Class 4-A West regional soccer tournament.

Riverton, the tournament fourth seed, will now battle top-seeded Casper Natrona Friday at 6 p.m. today in the second semifinal match.

In other first-round play, Kelly Walsh disposed of Evanston 4-0 and will play second seed Green River Friday at 4 p.m.

Although a 3-0 halftime lead in soccer usually means one team is dominating its opponent, that wasn't the case for the Lady Wolverines Thursday at the Tom Staffileno Activity Complex on the campus of Kelly Walsh High School in Casper.

"We did a decent job of defending for some of the game, but at other moments we looked disorganized. They did a nice job and put us under a fair amount of pressure in the second half and had more possessions than we had in the second half. We relaxed a little bit and maybe lost focus. We didn't dominate at all," Bergstedt said.

In fact, Rock Springs had eight corner kicks to Riverton's two and outshot the Lady Wolverines 14-7.

Even though the Lady Tigers had a statistical advantage over Riverton, Ashdown scored her first goal early in the sixth minute of the match with an assist from Alexis Oaks.

"They were trying to play a fairly high line. They tried to catch us offsides, and we were offsides six times, more than we have been all year. But we got through them three times in the first half," Bergstedt said.

Cassity Haverkamp played a ball through to Ashdown in the 26th minute, and Oaks and Ashdown "played a little one-two" for Riverton's final goal in the 31st minute, according to Bergstedt.

The hat trick for Ashdown were goals 26, 27 and 28 on the seasonfor the University of Wyoming-bound senior, who is now being labeled as the greatest scorer in the history of Wyoming high school soccer.

The Tigers' Lauryn McCrann was credited with a goal in the 66th minute, although Bergstedt said the goal was an "own goal."

"They played pretty physical. There was no question about it. As a coach, I probably didn't make clear the adjustments that we should have done in the second half that would have made it easier on us. For a good portion of the game, we had them taking shots from the outside, which is what we want. We hung in there, and the kids played hard," Bergstedt said.

Riverton will have a tough challenge against Natrona Friday. The Lady Fillies have outscored Riverton 10-1 this season.

"We'll spend a little time looking at what we did today and look at the Natrona film when they played at our p

Halftime -- Riverton 3, Rock Springs 0

Corner Kicks -- Riverton 2, Rock Springs 8

Yellow Cards -- Riverton 0, Rock Springs 0

Class 4-A West Regional at Casper Kelly Walsh

Thursday's Games

Kelly Walsh (3W) 4 defeats Evanston (6W) 0

Riverton (4W) 3 defeats Rock Springs (5W) 1

Friday's Games

Semifinal, Kelly Walsh vs. No. 2 Green River, 4 p.m.

Semifinal, Riverton vs. No. 1 Natrona County, 6 p.m.

Saturday's Games

Third place, Kelly Walsh-Green River loser vs. Riverton-Natrona loser, 10 a.m.

Championship, Kelly Walsh-Green River winner vs. Riverton-Natrona winner, noon

East Regional at Laramie

Thursday's Games

Cheyenne Central (3E) 15, Cheyenne South (6E) 0

Gillette 2 (5E) defeats Cheyenne East (4E) 1, OT

Friday's Games

Semifinal, Cheyenne Central vs. Laramie (2E), 4 p.m.

Semifinal, Gillette vs. Sheridan (1E), 6 p.m.

Saturday's Games

Third place, Central-Laramie loser vs. Gillette-Sheridan loser, 10 a.m.

Championship, Central-Laramie winner vs. Gillette-Sheridan winner, noon

Class 3-A

Regional Qualifier at Lander

Friday's Games

Rawlins (3SE) vs. No. Worland (2NW), 3 p.m.

Douglas (3NE) vs. Star Valley (2SW), 5 p.m.

Saturday's Games

Pinedale (3SW) vs. No. Newcastle (2NE), noon

Powell (3NW) vs. No. Torrington (2SE), 2 p.m.

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