Lady Wolverines can't get first Class 4-A West winApr 1, 2012 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
Alexis Oaks and the Riverton High School Lady Wolverines heard the sound that attacking soccer players hate to hear -- the clanking of the post -- as her shot early in the second half deflected off the goal rather than bring Riverton back into Saturday's match with Casper Kelly Walsh.
After giving up two goals in the first 15 minutes, and a third late in the match, Riverton fell to Kelly Walsh 3-0 and remained winless in Class 4-A West conference play.
The loss followed a tough 4-1 loss at Casper Natrona Friday.
Riverton (1-3-1, 0-2-1) will continue challenging Class 4A play at home this Tuesday, April 3, when they host Gillette for non-conference match at 3:30 p.m. at Wolverine Field.
On the grass fields at Riverton High School, Lady Trojan captain Taylor Hockly scored the game-winning goal into the wind nine minutes into Saturday's match and followed with a second goal six minutes later to give Kelly Walsh a comfortable lead.
After that, Riverton's defense buckled down and it was the Lady Wolverines who took advantage of the wind and field slope the rest of the first half. Oaks generated three decent first-half shots on goal as Riverton's pressure almost paid scoreboard dividends.
"It was a pretty good effort after the rocky start. Our defense played much smarter," head coach Rick Bergstedt said.
Casper's Paige Realing scored late in the match.
"Were still not passing the ball when we should," Bergstedt said about his team's offensive drought.
Riverton's attack also is affected by the injury to scoring threat Marcia Ashdown, who is playing with an injured wrist. Ashdown, who played both games with a cast on her right forearm, scored Riverton's only goal Friday against Casper Natrona after Oaks sent a nice through-ball to the senior.
The Lady Fillies jumped to an early lead on a penalty kick in the 15th minute and scored again just after halftime before Riverton jumped back in the game at 2-1 on Ashdown's goal. NC scored two additional goals in the last four minutes to seal the win.
"The cast affects her (Ashdown's) play. She can't be as free as she usually is. She'll be in the cast for at least four weeks," Bergstedt said.
Bergstedt praised the play of sophomore Jannina Seib Saturday.
"We were at our best when Jannina did a nice job as attacking midfielder," Bergstedt said.
Tuesday's match with Gillette will be a test for Riverton.
"It won't be much tougher than the last two that we played," Bergstedt predicted.