WORLAND – Headed into the weekend the No. 5 seed in the 3A West Conference, the Lady Wrangler girls’ soccer team took on the No. 4 seed, Worland, on Saturday, May 8.
Pinedale put on its best game face and kept the Warriors on their toes following a long bus ride. The Worland offense managed to strike into Lady Wrangler territory and score for the win, 4-0.
Pinedale tightened its defense as the game went into the second half to prevent a rout by Worland.
Head coach Shanda Jensen was pleased with the effort the team put in, particularly the improvement the players demonstrated during the changeover from defense to offense.
“We played well,” she said. “We changed our defensive strategy and it helped us increase our shots on goal from five to seven since the last time we played Worland. We made the first shot on goal for the game and are doing a better job transitioning from defense to offense.”
Junior Emmaline Vrska led the Lady Wranglers with shots on goal, sending the ball speeding toward Worland’s net five times. Fellow junior Olivia Edwards and freshman Anna Lehr both made one shot on goal.
Pinedale totaled 12 shots overall with two corners. Junior Cora Murphy served as goalie during the match and caught 12 saves.
The Lady Wranglers play two more conference matches to finish out their regular season. The top four seeds in the 3A West and East Conferences will advance to the State Tournament in Cheyenne on May 20-22 when the dust settles this weekend.
On Friday, May 14, Pinedale travels to Lyman for an away game against the Eagles. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. for varsity girls. The Lady Wranglers host Mountain View in a final showdown before the home crowd on Saturday, May 15. The girls' varsity squad takes the field at 1 p.m. The Mountain View game will feature senior recognition.
Earlier in the season, Pinedale lost a closely contested fight against Mountain View, 4-2, and scored a win against Lyman, 4-1.