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Lander girls lead early but fall to Buffalo; down Rawlins

Apr 1, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Buffalo put in three unanswered goals to post a 3-1 victory Saturday afternoon, snapping a three-game soccer winning streak for the Lander Valley High School girls.

The Lady Bison controlled the second half to chalk up the win.

"We played really well for stretches," LVHS coach Dean Schaff said. "Buffalo was a lot more physical at times than us. They won the ball out of the air."

The Tigers pounded Rawlins 9-0 on Thursday afternoon.

"We probably played our best game of the year against Rawlins," Schaff said. "We were able to pass the ball around."

LVHS went 3-1 in its homestand with wins vs. Torrington, Rawlins and Jackson.

"It was a great win for us," Buffalo head coach Jen Skaggs said. "We played together as a team. We are short on players. They just stepped up and played the roles that they needed to play."

Torrington and Rawlins were conference matches.

"We are right where we need to be," Schaff said. "We have a couple of weeks here to get healed up and go in for the final stretch."

LVHS will next be in action on Friday, April 13, at Douglas.

"Buffalo can come up and push and shove a little bit," Schaff said. "They can also pass the ball around."

Buffalo 3, Lander 1

Midway through the first half, Lander's Taylor Meeks found a hole in Buffalo's defense and knocked one into the net for the home squad.

"We pushed numbers up and we were able to get a shot off it," Schaff said. "It turned into a hustle play."

The mistake didn't rattle the Lady Bison.

"The quick goal was just an error," Skaggs said. "We were fine. We had to drop back a little more on defense because of the wind."

The Tigers let up in the final 20 minutes of play with the 1-0 cushion.

"After that we just sat back and wanted to play defense instead of attacking," Schaff said.

Buffalo took advantage and scored with eight minutes left on a goal from Caley Stafford.

A minute later, Katlyn Armstrong put the Lady Bison ahead 2-1.

"Katlyn is an excellent player," Skaggs said. "She is very quick."

Armstrong is playing soccer next year at Northwest College.

The Lady Bison clinched the victory two minutes into the second half on a second goal from Armstrong.

Buffalo goalkeeper Jenna Anderson collected a number of key saves in the final half to protect the lead for the visiting squad.

Anderson missed all of last year because of injuries. This is the first year in goal for Anderson.

"She has quick hands," Skaggs said.

Lander 9, Rawlins 0

The Tigers netted five goals in the first half and four more in the second half for the nine-goal victory on Thursday.

Alison Schimming and Taylor Meeks paced the attack with two goals apiece.

Lindsay Crane, Ella Welsh, Emma Estep, Aspen Hemingway and Taylor Blasko all contributed with one goal apiece.

LVHS blasted 15 shots on goal. The Tigers allowed just one shot on goal.

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