Mar 17, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterStarting her first varsity game of the new season, freshman goalkeeper Natalie Lymburner made three athletic saves in overtime to preserve a 0-0 non-conference tie for the Riverton Lady Wolverines against the Sheridan Lady Broncs Friday evening at Wolverine Field.
It was the first game of the season for both teams, and each had opportunities to score in regulation play but could not find the back of the net.
Morgan Doyle had Riverton's first solid shot of the evening, into a stiff wind, in the 36th minute, but it was saved by Sheridan keeper Bailey McLean.
Riverton's best opportunity to dent the scoreboard came on its first corner kick in the 62nd minute. Savannah Salisbury drilled the ball toward the middle of Riverton's attack, and Rachel Graham beat McLean with a solid left-footed shot on frame, but the ball was saved by Sheridan's fullbacks, who were in the goal to defend against the corner kick.
The Lady Wolverines were strong throughout regulation play in their defensive third, and center fullbacks Camey Fegler and Karissa Kister ,along with outside fullbacks Meghan Peil and Cori Tarbert, held Sheridan to few opportunities.Two Sheridan shots struck the post.
In high school soccer, teams play two 40-minutes halves and if tied, add two 10-minute overtimes. It was in the overtimes that Sheridan was able to amp up its attack.
But overtime was also when Riverton's Lymburner made her three big saves, one diving and one a punch of a high Lady Bronc shot that was on frame.
"Natalie had a great game. She's usually a forward," RHS head coach Tanya Santee said. Lymburner was in goal because junior Maci Evans was traveling on a school activity and did not play.
In the first overtime, Vanessa Nells had a shot in the 97th minute.
The Lady Wolverines had one solid opportunity in the second overtime when Taylor Paskett-Krause took a pass from Baylee Stafford and got behind the fullback line but could not fire a shot past McLean.
"I was very impressed with our play, but more importantly, the girls were pleased with their effort. They did everything we asked them to do," said Santee, in her first game as head coach.
The Lady Wolverines will be at home again Friday when they host Worland. Game time has not been determined but will likely be at 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. and will precede the Riverton boys varsity home opener.
"We still haven't played with our full team. It will be nice to get everyone on the field," Santee said.
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