Girls improve by the half against Lander

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PINEDALE – The Lady Wranglers’ rematch against Lander on Thursday, April 29, turned into a tale of two halves. The Tigers hit the ground full speed in the first half, scoring eight points while a tough defense prevented Pinedale from scoring.

In the second half, the Pinedale girls’ varsity soccer team dug deep, came together and packed a stronger punch. Senior Alaine Liserio shot in a goal for the Lady Wranglers while defense formed a tighter perimeter and held the Tigers to only two goals.

“The team played much better during the second half,” said head coach Shanda Jensen. “They brought it back together to keep Lander in check.”

Jensen highlighted two freshmen on the team that went above and beyond during the match.

“Ana Mika has made extraordinary progress this season and stepped up to do really well in defense,” Jensen added. “Anna Lehr is a fighter on offense – that is one tough kid.”

The Lady Wranglers travel to play conference rival Worland on Saturday, May 8, followed by an away match against Lyman on Friday, May 14. On Saturday, May 15, Pinedale hosts Mountain View for the final home game before the postseason.

Season statistics to date include 10 goals for the Lady Wranglers. Junior Olivia Edwards leads with three points. Freshman Erin Fogerty, Lehr, senior Rita Mata, junior Alena Mika, Liserio, senior Reese Noble and senior Sydney Jensen have each scored one goal.

Before last Thursday’s match, senior goalie Preslie Mecham tallied up an impressive 73 saves for the season as goalie. Liserio defended the net during several games and caught 35 saves. Junior Cora Murphy subbed in and made four saves.

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