May 10, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorTwo late goals in the second overtime period from Taylor Paskett-Krause put the Riverton Wolverines over the Evanston Lady Red Devils 2-1 in the opening round of the Class 4-A West girls soccer tournament in Evanston.
The win locked up a state tournament berth next week in Rock Springs for the Wolverines.
The winning goal Thursday came in the last minute of the second overtime period.
On the play, Riverton's Jordan Shells ran the ball down to push the ball over to Paskett-Krause, who kicked it into the net from the left side.
The three goals were in the second 10-minute overtime period. The first 80 minutes of regulation and 10 minutes of the first extra period produced scoreless soccer.
RHS entered regionals as the No. 4 seed. Evanston was the No. 5 seed.
The season is now finished for Evanston.
Riverton beat the Lady Red Devils twice in the regular season.
"I felt that we played them better Thursday than we did last week," RHS coach Tanya Santee said. "We really controlled most of the game."
The Wolverines played Casper Natrona Friday afternoon in one of the semifinals.
"We are going to try and play our best defense of the year against Casper Natrona and wait for our opportunity to score," Santee said.
The winner advances into the title game at 1 p.m. Saturday. The third-place match is 11 a.m.
"We just need to get better and play good soccer at this point," Santee said.
Kelly Walsh edged Rock Springs 3-2 in the other match Thursday.
Green River played Kelly Walsh in the other semifinal match.
Riverton 2, Evanston 1
"I really felt like we dominated the first half," Santee said.
Santee said RHS took 15 shots in the first 40 minutes to Evanston's three.
"Our 15 shots were all really dangerous shots," Santee said. "Our girls just played really good soccer."
The teams couldn't get a lot going in the second half on the offensive side.
"We let down a little bit in the second half," Santee said. "They got a few more opportunities. Evanston's goalie did a good job of stopping our shots."
In the second overtime period, RHS midfielder Camey Fegler won some good balls to start the offensive attack.
Fegler had the first assist on a pass to Paskett-Krause with five minutes left overtime No. 2.
"Taylor just got the ball first before the goalkeeper to kick it in," Santee said.
Two minutes later, Evanston knotted the match up at 1-1 when a shot went past RHS goalkeeper Maci Evans.
"I took a couple of players out for injury reasons," Santee said. "Our defense just had a miscommunication."
After the goal from Evanston, the Wolverines stepped it up defensively to set the stage for the game-winner.
"We played it in the middle of the field a lot more," Santee said.
Evans got the win in the net.
"Maci didn't have a lot of pressure," Santee said. "She did a good job of coming out of the box when she needed to.
Evanston didn't generate very many shots for her to do anything with."
Other key offensive players were Savannah Salisbury and Rachel Graham.
"Savannah just does a good job of challenging every ball that comes by her," Santee said.
Autumn Hutson came of the bench to play in three different positions.
"She did a good job in all of those positions," Santee said.
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