RHS soccer girls prep to battle Casper schools

Mar 29, 2012 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

It's been awhile -- almost a year in fact -- but the Riverton Lady Wolverines soccer team (1-1-1, 0-0-1 4-A West) will finally get to play a home game this Saturday against the Kelly Walsh Lady Trojans.

First, though, coach Rick Bergstedt and his squad will challenge the Casper Natrona Fillies Friday in Casper.

Both are important conference games in the Class 4-A West and Saturday's game will be played on the grass fields on the north side of Riverton High School off West Sunset Drive.

Friday's varsity match in Casper is set to start at 6 p.m. and Saturday's home contest kicks off at 1 p.m.

Key for Riverton will be the return of leading scorer Marcia Ashdown, who sat out most of last Saturday's conference opening game against Rock Springs.

"She is cleared to play. Her arm is broken, and they casted it," Bergstedt said. "Ross (Anderson, the athletic trainer) will pad it, and we'll see what she can do.

"We need to make sure she doesn't hit herself in the head with it," Bergstedt quipped.

On Friday, Riverton will find a Casper Natrona team that should provide a tough challenge.

"They are always strong. I'm not sure how many conference championships they have, but it has been a gob," Bergstedt said.

The Fillies have lost this season to Cheyenne Central 1-0, have tied Green River 2-2 and have registered wins over Evanston 5-0 and Buffalo 6-1.

Bergstedt believes that his Lady Wolverines have shown some early season progress.

"We are learning to work hard and are getting better at transitioning. We have made improvements in defending as a group. We continue to work on being a better passing team and getting better supporting angles," Bergstedt said.

Saturday's appearance by the Lady Trojans will be their first as part of Riverton's conference, the Class 4-A West.

Kelly Walsh has one win on the year, a 2-1 victory over Evanston and has lost games to Jackson 2-1, Gillette 6-1 and Green River 2-0.

Saturday's match on the grass should be the only time this season the Wolverines will be asked to play a home game away from the artificial surface at Wolverine Field. The Roy Peck Invitational Track and Field meet will occupy the Wolverine Field artificial turf on Saturday.

"Almost every year we play one on the grass. We practice there. It's getting dry, but it's not terrible yet," Bergstedt said.

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