Mar 31, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorLander, now 2-0 in conference play, had 29 shots on goal in the first 40 minutes, with only one going into the net.
Junior Codi Swenson started off as soccer defender Thursday afternoon for Lander Valley High School vs. Rawlins in the home opener for the Tigers.
Early in the second half, LVHS girls coach Dean Schaff moved Swenson into a forward position, and Swenson scored two goals to put the Tigers past Rawlins 4-0 in the Class 3-A Southeast conference match.
"Codi is one of the best shooters when we do drills," Schaff said. "She hits the ball well. She hits the ball with her laces. When it comes off her foot, it has a lot of pace on it."
Swenson's goals broke the game open for the Tigers.
"Codi has worked hard on it the last three years," Schaff said.
"It's good to see it at a high level."
Schaff didn't want to make the change with Swenson, but he knew it was necessary because of the lack of offensive production.
"She is a valuable defender," Schaff said.
"I hate to have to push her up. I knew if I pushed her up, I could get a goal out of her."
LVHS had 29 shots on goal in the first 40 minutes of play with only one going into the net.
"We controlled the game a lot," Schaff said.
"We weren't able to finish. We have been working on finishing, but we have to work on it more. We have tons of shots, but we just weren't able to put them into the back of the net."
LVHS is now 2-0 on conference play.
The Tigers edged Torrington 3-2 last weekend.
"We have to work on getting the goalkeeper to move around a little bit so we can create some opportunities for ourselves," Schaff said.
Lander 4, Rawlins 0
LVHS forward Taylor Meeks put her squad on the scoreboard with a bullet kick midway through the first half.
"It was a rebound off a shot," Schaff said. "It was one of those things where you work at being at the right place at the right time."
Meeks had a couple of other opportunities in the match when her shots hit the goal post.
"I did push some numbers up because Rawlins wasn't putting any offensive pressure on us," Schaff said.
Swenson scored her first goal with her left foot from 25 yards out.
"It might have surprised Rawlins when she kicked it with the left foot," Schaff said. "It didn't surprise us. I have seen it in practice."
Amy Hulkovich added the final goal for the Tigers late in the match.
The Tigers will be away from competition this week because of spring break at LVHS.
"We have some stuff to work on," Schaff said.
"We will have three days over spring break to work on them."
The Tigers play at Douglas on Friday, April 12, and at Buffalo Saturday, April 13.
Buffalo is one of the top teams this year in Class 3-A soccer.
"We have to start playing people that are a little better," Schaff said.
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