Apr 28, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorLander Valley High School lost a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to Jackson Tuesday in a Class 3-A girls soccer showdown in Teton County.
Jackson scored in the final minute of regulation to escape with the one-goal advantage.
The loss was the first one of the season for the Tiger girls.
The girls came back for a 3-0 victory over Powell on the Panthers' home field but lost a 1-0 squeaker on Saturday in Cody.
Lander is now 7-2-1 on the season. Jackson moved to 5-2 with the win over LVHS.
The Tigers were rated the No. 1 team in the Class 3-A state rankings last week. Jackson was No. 2 in the standings before the head-to-head match.
"I don't think that we played that well," LVHS coach Dean Schaff said. "We kind of played into their hands. We played a little timid. I didn't feel like we played our best game for sure."
Schaff said the match went back and forth for the entire 80 minutes.
"They are a good enough team if you don't play well they are going to have the possibility of beating you," Schaff said.
LVHS tied the score at 1-1 with four minutes left in regulation before Jackson came back and put in the game-winner goal past goalkeeper Ashlyn Schamber.
The LVHS goal was from Emily Schimelpfenig. Mak Meeks had the assist on a direct kick.
"I was at least thinking that we were going to get at least a draw," Schaff said.
Jackson put its goal in on a corner kick.
LVHS didn't have any shots after the goal.
"We didn't control the ball very well," Schaff said. "We ended up playing a lot of defense during the game.
"We didn't play very good offense. We didn't transition very well."
Lander won't have to wait long for a rematch. It comes at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the LVHS soccer field.
"We are going to make some adjustments and see if they work," Schaff said. "We just need to play a little better."
Jackson blanked Star Valley 3-0 prior to the win over Lander.
"Jackson has a lot of juniors on the team," Schaff said. "They are a little older team."
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