Apr 5, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRiverton High School defender pulls hamstring in the first half and is forced to sit out the second.
Riverton High School kept Casper Natrona scoreless for the first 40 minutes Thursday night in a Class 4-A West conference at Wolverine Field.
In a span of 16 minutes in the second half, the Natrona Fillies knocked in three goals for a 3-0 victory over RHS.
The loss dropped the Wolverines to 0-2 in conference play. RHS is now 1-3-1 overall.
"I was really pleased with our first half performance," Riverton coach Tanya Santee said. "That is more indicative of our team."
Natrona raised its record to 2-0 in the league standings.
"At halftime, we talked about relaxing and taking advantages of the opportunities that were given," Natrona coach Paul Kinner said. "We had the opportunities in the first half; we were just nervous. We started two different people in the second half. That helped us."
The Fillies stand at 4-1-1 on the season.
"It's always important to get a conference road win," Kinner said. "Riverton has a great tradition. It's different not looking across and seeing Rick Bergstedt over there."
Bergstedt retired as the RHS girls soccer coach in May.
The Wolverines will return to the field Friday, April 12, against Green River at Wolverine Field. Green River has the early lead in conference with a 2-1 record.
"We just have to get people healed up," Santee said.
RHS defender Camey Fegler pulled her hamstring Thursday during the first half, and missed the second because of the injury.
"Camey felt like she could go," Santee said. "We still have a whole season ahead of us. That makes a difference."
Santee said Fegler is an aggressive defender.
"We had to play some girls that haven't played before," Santee said. "We were a little bit disorganized and in discomfort knowing that those girls that are typically there weren't."
"We always talk about how important the first few minutes of each half and the last few minutes are," Kinner said. "Right after you score, you want to make sure that you turn it up a notch."
Natrona forward Sara Jones delivered the first goal of the match seven minutes into the second half when she kicked one past RHS goalkeeper Maci Evans.
At the 54th minute, Jones, a freshman, added her second goal for the 2-0 cushion.
"As a freshman, Sara has been coming along really well," Kinner said. "What we have been looking for her is somebody that has the chemistry to play with her."
Jones is a talented basketball player at NHS.
"We are trying to find other people to play with Sara," Kinner said.
Two minutes later, Marquette Dowell scored the final goal of the match when she headed one into the net.
Santee said RHS players Bailey Stafford and Vanessa Nells made strides in the midfield area.
"I thought that my central fielders played a better game today than what they have played," Santee said.
Evans kept the game tight in the first half, making a number of different saves.
"I thought that Maci had her best game of the season," Santee said. "Natrona took a lot of shots and a lot of good shots. I know Maci isn't feeling like that right now. She made some really smart choices."
In the first half, Riverton's Rachel Graham had a direct shot on goal.
Late in the second half, Taylor Paskett-Krause put another shot at Natrona's goalkeeper.
The Wolverines had back-to-back corner kicks at the end of the first half, but the Wolverines couldn't knock in any points.
"We still have to be able to generate some offense," Santee said. "I'm not sure how many shots that we took, but it wasn't very many."