Apr 21, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorLander Valley High School knocked in three early goals Saturday in a Class 3-A West non-conference match soccer on its way for a 4-0 home victory over Newcastle.
The LVHS girls remained undefeated on the season with a 7-0-1 record.
The Tigers were scheduled to play Torrington on Friday in Lander, but that match was postponed for later in the season due to snowy soccer fields.
Saturday's match was played in sunny conditions, and no snow was on the field.
Newcastle fell to 1-6-2 on the year.
"It's beautiful weather for Lander soccer," LVHS coach Dean Schaff said. "It has been awhile since we have been out and have good weather. It worked out perfect for us."
The Tigers practiced all week inside at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
"We have struggled to focus," Schaff said. "The girls don't like to be inside. There is only so much that you can do. It doesn't have the same feel inside."
The Newcastle match was the second home contest of the season for LVHS.
"To have games be cancelled after thinking you were going to have a game -- that has been a real challenge," Schaff said.
Lander 4, Newcastle 0
Lander's Taylor Meeks scored her first goal of the match at the 23rd minute for a 1-0 lead.
A couple of minutes later, Ella Welsh connected for another goal for the home squad.
"I felt like we pretty much controlled the game," Schaff said. "Newcastle had a couple of threats, but nothing really bad."
Right before the halftime break, Mak Meeks found the back of the net for a 3-0 advantage.
"I felt comfortable in the way that we handled the ball," Schaff said. "We need to work on our touches and some of the spaces that we have had because we have been inside."
Welsh managed the ball for the Tigers with her play up front.
"Ella controls the ball, and you have some stuff that you can't coach," Schaff said. "Ella has the drive to go and get the ball as hard as she can all the time.
"I moved Taylor back in the midfield," Schaff said. "It has been a struggle and a challenge for us back there. It's probably good to see her step up and hit those shots."
Taylor Meeks scored the only goal in the second half 15 minutes in for the victory.
The Tigers are scheduled to play four matches this week if weather permits.
The stretch starts at home on Monday with a conference contest vs. Rawlins.
The Tigers blanked Rawlins 4-0 in the first meeting on March 28. The match begins at 3 p.m. Monday.
LVHS takes on Jackson Tuesday in Lander.
The match has a 6 p.m. start.
Jackson is coming off a 3-0 victory over Star Valley.
"It would be nice to come out and get a win over Jackson," Schaff said. "It will be more important for us to come out and play well."
The Tigers hit the road for matches Friday at Powell and Saturday vs. Cody.
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