Apr 14, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe rust from indoor practice didn't show when the Tigers won two road matches this weekend to remain undefeated on the season.
Lander Valley High School girls blanked Douglas 3-0 Friday night. The Tigers followed up the performance with a 4-2 win over Buffalo on Saturday afternoon.
LVHS stands at 6-0-1 on the season.
"Coming off spring break then winter break, it was good for us," LVHS coach Dean Schaff said. "We haven't been outside. It was good for us to play some pretty solid competition."
Snow-covered soccer fields kept the Tigers indoors all week, and the conditions in Douglas on Friday night were cold and windy.
"That was a tough battle for us," Schaff said. "To rebound and win Saturday was awesome."
Lander 4, Buffalo 2
The Tigers scored first against the Buffalo Bison in the 26th minute on a Nateal Hemingway goal. Ella Welsh had the assist.
Buffalo evened the score up at 1-1 two minutes later with its first tally.
Lander's Mak Meeks kicked one into the net on a free kick for a 2-1 lead with eight minutes left in the half.
"The ball bounced off one of the defenders and went in," Schaff said.
Right before half, Welsh made it 3-1 in favor of the Tigers.
"We had the momentum," Schaff said.
Buffalo came out firing in the second half.
LVHS answered the challenge with the first goal in the second half for a 4-1 cushion by Amy Hulkovich.
Schaff said he was pleased with the balanced scoring.
"It allows more people to get into the action," Schaff said. "It doesn't allow teams to key on one person.
We moved the ball around pretty good. Kids worked hard on getting open to make some different runs that they haven't been making."
The coach was surprised on the production from LVHS in the first half.
"In most of our games, we have outshot teams," Schaff said. "It was nice to be able to get those into the net."
Buffalo scored later in the match to make it a two-goal victory for the Tigers.
"We made a lot of subs in the second half," Schaff said.
"We need to stay a little fresher. We had some of the younger kids step in and play some good minutes in the second half."
Lander 3, Douglas 0
After only three minutes in the first half, Lander's Taylor Meeks broke the scoreless tie.
"It sets the tone against a team like that," Schaff said.
"The longer you go without scoring puts more pressure on you as the higher ranked team."
In the 24th minute, Welsh gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
"We didn't have the best game all around," Schaff said. "You could tell that we were in the gym the whole week."
Mak Meeks had the third goal of the match for the visiting squad.
"Douglas was very physical and aggressive," Schaff said.
"They were trying to knock us off the ball."
The Tigers will play three matches this week.
LVHS plays at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Riverton High School.
"The Riverton game is always a big game," Schaff said.
"It's important for us to play good against them."
LVHS hosts Torrington on Friday night and Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.
The Torrington match is the only conference contest of the week.
LVHS edged Torrington 3-2 on March 23.
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