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Girls score four goals in strong conference win over Rock Springs
Apr 30, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
With two late goals by Taylor Paskett-Krause, the Riverton Lady Wolverine soccer team beat the Rock Springs Lady Tigers 4-2 in a makeup match Monday evening at Wolverine Field.
The win was Riverton's third of the season in the Class 4-A West, and places RHS (4-6-1, 3-5 Class 4-A West) solidly in fourth place in league standings with two games still to play.
On Friday, Riverton will match up with Green River, then finish the regular season against Evanston. Both are road matches for Riverton.
"I told them that I sure wish that team would have played last Saturday," Lady Wolverine head coach Tanya Santee said. Unlike last Saturday's loss at Kelly Walsh, Riverton played with more intensity and "go hard to the ball" effort than last week, according to Santee.
Riverton got on the board first with a penalty kick by Vanessa Nells in the fifth minute, but Rock Springs answered with a goal of its own before halftime.
In the second half, Savannah Salisbury gave Riverton the lead when her free kick beat the Rock Springs goalkeeper in the 48th minute, but Rock Springs tied the game for a second time in the 67th minute after converting a corner kick.
The teams played primarily on the Rock Springs half of the field for the remainder of the game, but Riverton had one last charge in the final minute that set up Paskett-Krause's game winner.
After battling for the ball in the right corner, Salisbury drilled a corner kick with the wind at her back that a Rock Springs player hit with her hand. That gave Paskett-Krause a penalty kick. The junior sent it high, but it hit the bottom side of the frame and counted as the go-ahead goal.
Then, two minutes later in stoppage time, Paskett-Krause got behind the overly aggressive Tiger midfield as Rock Springs was frantically trying to tie the match, withstood a defender's effort, and finished off the insurance goal.
With the regional soccer tournament scheduled in Evanston May 9-11 and the state tournament in Rock Springs the following week, the Lady Wolverines will be on the road to southwest Wyoming for the rest of their season.
"We may make a few more changes between now and Friday, but I was really proud of them. We still have to move it through the midfield to get it to the outside," Santee said.
Girls Class 4-A West
(Regular season record, conference record,
3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie
Casper Natrona 10-2-1, 8-1, 24 points
Green River 10-2, 6-2, 18 points
Casper Kelly Walsh 8-5, 6-3, 18 points
Riverton 4-6-1, 3-5, 15 points
Rock Springs 2-10, 1-7, 3 points
Evanston 2-9-1, 1-7, 3 points