PINEDALE – The scoreboard reflected progress for the Wranglers on Thursday, April 29, as they battled Lander, the No. 3 seed in the 3A West Conference. Earlier in the season, the Tigers dominated the field, leading to a 7-0 defeat of Pinedale.
On Thursday, the Wranglers played a tighter game and defense turned up the pressure to keep the Tigers at bay. Lander ultimately won the game, 4-1, but not without a fight from the Wranglers.
Senior Lucas Hughes scored for the Wranglers, a goal kicked in with an assist from junior Braydon Simmons.
“I would like to commend our defense on their effort during this game,” said head coach J.D. Dudrey. “Kellen Schupp, Juan Reyes, Jimmy Winkelkotter and Jackson Harber all played really well and kept some really good athletes from Lander in check. We have improved quite a bit since our first game against the Tigers, and it showed on Thursday.”
Senior Keegan Gehlhausen played goalie and caught 12 saves during the match.
The boys’ soccer team travels to take on Worland Saturday, May 8, and Lyman on Friday, May 14, before hosting Mountain View for the final home game on Saturday, May 15.
Season stats to date include nine goals for the Wranglers. Freshman Jayce Ramage leads with four goals, senior Landon Preece two, Hughes two and freshman Dylan Call one.
Big Piney senior Edwin Gonzalez and Simmons both have two assists with two and senior Logan Bing at one.
Gehlhausen chalked up 52 saves before Thursday’s game for a season total of 64. Freshman Brody Hamby played several varsity matches and tallied 26 saves.