May 18, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorBIG HORN -- The end of a long soccer coaching career for Rick and Peggy Bergstedt came Friday morning in a 2-0 loss by Riverton High school to Casper Natrona in a Class 4-A consolation match at the state tournament.
The husband-and-wife tandem had announced that this season will be the final one at the helm of the girls soccer program at RHS.
Rick Bergstedt has been the only girls head coach the Wolverines have ever had. He started the program in the 1986 season.
"As I told the girls, we asked them to stay positive and have a great effort," Bergstedt said. "We knew that it would be tough. They (Natrona) have more weapons than we do. They are more athletic than we are. I couldn't be more proud of the way the kids played today.
Natrona was 4-0 against the Wolverines this season, winning twice in the regular season and once at the West 4-A regional before Friday's game at the Big Horn Equestrian Center.
"Rick and Peggy have done a heck of a job over at Riverton," Natrona coach Paul Kinner said. "They have done a lot of things that have benefited soccer in Wyoming."
It is expected that a new RHS girls soccer coach will be approved by the Riverton school baord Tuesday.
In the opening round, Sheridan blanked RHS 5-0 on Thursday afternoon. Sheridan is the No. 1 seed from the East 4-A
"I thought that we played great for the first 45 minutes (Thursday). Then the wheels kind of dropped off for about 10 minutes. Then we were OK again. That is going to happen," Bergstedt.
Casper Natrona 2, RHS 0
Bergstedt felt RHS goalkeeper Macey Evans kept the Wolverines in striking distance Friday morning.
"Macey stepped up this entire weekend," Bergstedt said. "She really played outstanding all weekend."
The Fillies scored seven minutes in on a goal from Sarah Charron.
In the second half, Lauren Trohkimoinen added a second goal for Natrona.
The RHS forward tandem of Marcia Ashdown and Alexis Oaks didn't score in two games at the state tournament.
"We are beat up," Bergstedt said. "Marci and Alexis are playing at about 70 percent."
The first half was played in the rain. The weather cleared up in the second half.
Sheridan was on the offensive attack all game long Thursday vs. the Wolverines.
The host team for the state tournament wasted little time scoring, putting one in seven minutes into the match.
Sheridan was just heating up. A couple of minutes later, Sheridan drilled a bullet hitting the side of the goal keeping it a 1-0 game heading into the break.
After the break, it was all Sheridan.
Sheridan scored on a rocket kick past Evans for a 2-0 cushion, then tallied three more goals for the win.
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