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RHS girls soccer wins at Worland
Riverton's Aisha Durfey practiced her ball handling during Wednesday practice in preparation Worland followed the Wolverines' game at Worland Thursday. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Lady Wolverines gain first soccer victory, downing WHS 4-0 on road

Mar 23, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The Riverton Lady Wolverines soccer team notched its first win of the season Thursday on the road against Class 3-A Worland. The score was 4-0.

"It wasn't necessarily that we played very well in the first half. We were disorganized. We were playing long ball. It was a real disjointed first half. Second half, on the other hand, we played a lot better. We dominated play in the second half," Riverton head coach Rick Bergstedt said.

Now Riverton looks toward Class 4-A West conference play and will travel Saturday to Rock Springs.

It didn't take Riverton long to get on the board Thursday.

Taylor Paskett-Kraus scored in the first minute of play go give Riverton early momentum.

"Marcia (Ashdown) took a shot, and the goal keeper spilled it. Taylor beat her and a defender to the ball and put it in the back of the net. It was a good job of following a shot," Bergstedt said.

Alexis Oaks played a through ball to Ashdown 12 minutes later to give Riverton a 2-0 halftime lead.

"Then we did some things offensively, but we missed some shots that we should have made and gave the ball away in the penalty area when we probably made a little pass and scored.

"We didn't play very well and looked like the heat started to bother us. It wasn't a full effort, but we responded well after halftime, so that was a positive," Bergstedt said.

Oaks added an unassisted goal in the 52nd minute, and Ashlyn Coulson assisted Ashdown in the 78th minute to round out Riverton's scoring.

"A good portion of the second half, the ball was in our attacking half of the field," Bergstedt said.

Rock Springs was a young team last year but improved as the season went on.

"They will probably be quicker than Worland was, and that may cause some problems defensively for us," Bergstedt said.

The RHS Lady Wolverine junior varsity lost to Worland 2-1 but played well and dominated the game, according to Bergstedt.

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