May 20, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorBy Bruce Tippets
BIG HORN -- A 3-2 win over Star Valley on Thursday afternoon in the opening round proved to be the highlight for Lander Valley High School at the Class 3-A girls state soccer tournament at the Big Horn Equestrian Center.
The Tigers fell to Cody 5-0 on Friday in the semifinals. Jackson ended Lander's season on Saturday in the third-place match with a 1-0 victory vs. the Tigers. Lander finished fourth.
Cody captured its first state soccer tournament beating Buffalo 2-1 in overtime. Jackson had won the past four 3-A state titles. Buffalo blanked Jackson 3-0 in the other semifinal on Friday.
Schimming scored the game-winning goal Thursday morning with two minutes left in regulation to put the Tigers in the winners bracket.
"The game was just amazing," Schimming said. "The whole week we have been talking about focusing. It's nice to be able to come out and do that here against Star Valley.
"Getting the game-winning goal was just fantastic. I just waited to the last second when I had the ball at the end to kick it into the left side."
The game looked like it was going to go into overtime.
"I knew the game was getting down to the wire," Schimming said. "We had to come together focused and get that goal."
This was the first meeting of the season between the Tigers and the Braves.
With a state-championship berth on the line on Friday afternoon, the Tigers couldn't produce any scores vs. the Cody Fillies.
The 80-minute match was played in a rainstorm.
Cody's Alyssa Prosceno scored nine minutes into the match. LVHS didn't allow a score the rest of the first half, but Cody tallied four more goals in the second half to break it open.
Darby Bell, Bridget Schumacher and Berti Brotherton had one goal apiece. Prosceno netted her second goal in the second half.
In the third-place match, Jackson's Jessica Freeze kicked the game-winner late in the first half against LVHS goalkeeper Kristi Ragan.
Lander 3, Star Valley 2
The Tigers scored twice before the game had reached the midway point of the first half. Schimming had the first goal, and Taylor Meeks put in the second score.
"I was surprised that we scored those two goals in the first half," Schimming said. "They were both nice through balls, and we were able to finish them. Having that momentum going into the second half was helpful."
Star Valley scored 18 minutes left in the first half to climb back into the match at 2-1. Bailey Brog was credited with the goal.
The Braves deadlocked the score at 2-2 on a high shot by K.C. Schooner that went over the arms of Ragan. The goal came at the middle of the second half.
Before the final goal of the match, the Tigers were putting all kinds of pressure on Star Valley's defense. In the final 10 minutes, LVHS had back-to-back corner kicks, and Meeks had an opportunity on a breakaway, but the Tigers couldn't finish the deal.
"We weren't passing the way that we should at the end,"Schimming said. "We were just kind of kicking the ball. In the last couple of minutes, we were able to settle down and just pass around to play our game. Everything just fell into place at the end of the game."
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