May 8, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Riverton Wolverines already have two girls soccer victories over the Evanston Lady Devils this year in the Class 4-A West conference.
RHS is preparing this week to get its third and most-important win against Evanston in the opening round of the regional tournament.
Match time is 3 p.m. Thursday in Evanston.
The winner of the contest qualifies for the Class 4-A state tournament. The loser will be finished for the season.
"For us from a mental standpoint, the girls feel good about Evanston," RHS girls coach Tanya Santee said.
The Wolverines are the No. 4 seed for the regional tournament. Evanston is the No. 5 team.
"We have always played well against Evanston," Santee said. "The fact that we just played them and have a good idea on what they are doing right now makes it easier for us on what we can plan against them to try and get that win."
RHS knocked off Evanston 5-0 and 2-1 in overtime.
"Evanston is trying to play a defensive game against us, which is very smart to try and limit scoring opportunities," Santee said. "They almost played a man-to-man defense against us. When we made some adjustments in the second half, they struggled."
RHS finished the conference season with a 4-6 mark. The Wolverines were 5-7-1 in Santee's first season as the head coach.
Santee replaced longtime RHS girls soccer coach Rick Bergstedt, who stepped down last spring after being the head coach for 26 years.
"I have a very smart group of kids that can easily adjust to what their strategy is on the field or what the formation is," Santee said. "That makes us be able to do some different things from one part of a game to another."
"I feel like everybody will have to have a good game," Santee said.
Camey Fegler and Karissa Kister anchor the central midfielders.
"Our defense was very solid against Evanston," Santee said. "They had one shot that was a good one. That is what they scored on. I don't think that Evanston can compete with our speed defenders."
Taylor Paskett-Krause is one of the offensive leaders for the Wolverines.
"I really thought that Taylor played really well in the last part of the Evanston game," Santee said.
Jordan Shells and Natalie Lymburner scored one goal apiece in the 2-1 victory.
"I think that it's really about them playing together offensively," Santee said. "Then they are all going to have options."
Casper Natrona won the regular season crown in the Class 4-A West conference for the No. 1 seed.
Green River is the No. 2 seed.
Those two teams automatically qualify for the state tournament.
The winner of Riverton-Evanston plays at 3 p.m. Friday vs. Casper Natrona.
Kelly Walsh (No. 3 seed) and Rock Springs (No. 6 seed) plays at 5 p.m. Thursday in the other opening round game.
"Green River is a really good team, and I like their chances as well," Santee said.
The championship match is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday.
"The 4-A West is stronger than it has ever been," Santee said.
The Class 4-A state tournament is May 16-18 in Rock Springs.
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