RHS girls finish weekend with soccer split at homeApr 14, 2013 By Craig Blumenshine and Bruce Tippets, Staff writers
With a refocus of their offensive attack, the Riverton Wolverines gained a weekend home split with Class 4-A West foes Green River and Evanston on Saturday.
Friday, the RHS girls fell to Green River 3-0 at Wolverine Field.
"Defensively it was a rough game," said RHS girls soccer coach Tanya Santee. "Green River is better that they have been given credit for."
The Wolverines (2-4-1, 1-3 Class 4-A West) downed Evanston 4-0 Saturday on the natural grass fields near the James H. Moore Career Center.
It didn't take long for Riverton to get momentum against the Red Devils. Baylee Stafford crossed to Rachel Graham in the sixth minute for Riverton's first score. Later in the 33rd minute, after Jordan Shells fought to keep possession in Riverton's offensive third, midfielder Savanah Salisbury shot from a distance, beating Evanston's keeper to put Riverton up 2-0 at halftime.
Taylor Paskett-Krause gave Riverton insurance in the 54th minute with a strong left-footed shot that clanked the post but came straight down, just over the goal line.
Maci Evans added a goal just as time expired.
"I was impressed with our midfielders Savanah Salisbury and Vanessa Nells today," Santee said. "They received the ball well and played well to their teammates."
The Wolverines will be back at home Tuesday when they host their cross-county rival, the Lander Tigers, at 4 p.m.
"They'll be pretty tough and are ranked in Class 3-A," Santee added. "If we play like we can play, we should be all right."
Green River 3, Riverton 0
The Wolverines started out the weekend hosting the Green River Wolves on Friday night.
After dealing with snowy weather at the start of the week, the match with Green River was played under sunny skies and on a clear field.
Green River's Morgan Wyant showed early on she was the best offensive soccer player on the field.
Wyant scored her first goal of the match in the 15th minute against Riverton's defense.
Five minutes later, Wyant put in another goal for a 2-0 cushion midway through the first half.
The Wolverines settled down after the start by keeping Green River scoreless the rest of the half.
Early in the second half, Green River's Tessa Williams extended the lead to 3-0 on her first goal of the Class 4-A West conference match.
RHS kept Green River off the scoreboard the last 30 minutes of the match.
The Wolves are now 3-1 in conference play. Natrona was first at 4-0 before the weekend started. Kelly Walsh is second with a 3-1 mark.