Bad weather scrubs Friday soccer lineup for Lander

Mar 25, 2013 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

A spring snowstorm postponed the girls/boys soccer doubleheader Friday between Lander Valley High School and Jackson.

Snow started to come down in Lander at 2:30 p.m., forcing officials to make the call. The girls game had a scheduled start time of 3 p.m.

Jackson is ranked No. 2 in the state in the first girls poll of the season for Class 3-A girls soccer.

The Jackson and LVHS girls were on the field warming up for the match before the decision was made.

The two matches were postponed until Tuesday, April 23, in Lander.

Girls win Saturday

In cold but dry weather on Saturday, Lander's girls beat Torrington 3-2.

Conditions Friday afternoon weren't suitable for play as snow swirled around the field in strong winds.

"By the time 3 p.m. hit we couldn't do anything on the field," LVHS girls coach Dean Schaff said. "We just decided because of safety issues that we didn't play. I'm glad the we were able to reschedule it instead of canceling it."

The LVHS girls have the No. 3 position in early polling. Cody has the top spot in the Class 3-A rankings.

"The girls were really excited to play Jackson because that is a competitive game," Schaff said. "We know that Jackson has been the team to beat for the last five or six years."

In the 3-A boys division, Jackson is No. 1. LVHS is ranked No. 2.

Jackson is the defending champion.

"We were a little disappointed that we didn't get to play," LVHS boys coach Dan Howlett said. "We were working towards this with No. 1 and No. 2 on the boys side. A certain number of fans were excited about it."

Boys unbeaten early

LVHS didn't have any trouble going undefeated at the Worland Jamboree to begin the season Saturday, March 23.

"We have a very strong defense right now," Howlett said.

LVHS hasn't allowed a goal early on the season.

"Our defense is the key to the whole season," Howlett said.

At Worland, the Tigers ran past Cody 6-0.

LVHS won 2-0 over Star Valley in the second game. The Tigers closed out the day with a 2-0 victory vs. Evanston.

"The kids are moving the ball well," Howlett said.

The Tigers play at Rawlins on Thursday for their first conference match of the season.

Girls now 3-0-1

Before Saturday's win over Torrington, the Tigers opened the season Saturday, March 16, going 2-0-1 at the Cody Jamboree.

"We need to control possession," Schaff said. "We need to get our attacking game going forward. That is big because it takes a lot of pressure off our defense."

Key players controlling the midfield for the Tigers are Ella Welsh and Alicia Espinosa.

"They are huge for us," Schaff said.

The Tigers are in the same conference this year as Torrington and Rawlins.

The winner of the conference season gets an automatic trip to the state tournament.

The other two teams will have to battle in a play-in game for state.

LVHS plays at 3 p.m. Thursday vs. Rawlins in its home opener.

The Tigers blanked Rawlins 3-0 in the Cody Jamboree.

"It should be a good one for us," Schaff said.

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