WORLAND – It was an abrupt end to the season for the Pinedale High School girls varsity soccer program during the start of playoffs last weekend in Worland after being handed a tough 2-0 loss to Rawlins in the opening match. The loss moved the Lady Wranglers’ overall record this season to 6-11.
The loss was not due to coming out flat early in the game or for a lack of effort, Pinedale head coach Jennifer Adam said.
“We outplayed Rawlins in possession time, shots and every aspect of the game but the one that counted – goals,” she said. “It was very frustrating to lose this game.”
Pinedale struggled to find the back of the net throughout the entire game, despite a strong effort that featured 11 shots on the goal. Sophomore Darbie Paulson and junior Bailey Schupp led the way with four shots each. On the defensive side, senior keeper River Dauwen picked up 13 saves in total.
“We had plenty of opportunities to score and just could not finish well,” the coach noted. “Every player did well, just could not connect with each other all the way to the net.”
Adam says this was not the way the team wanted to round out its season, as they felt they had a shot at making it all the way to state.
“It was a very hard game to lose and cost us the opportunity to go to state,” she said.
During awards night on Monday of this week, senior McKenna Legerski was presented with the most valuable player award. Legerski finished the season with five of the team’s 10 goals and was an integral part of the team’s success on the turf.
Later at the awards ceremony, senior Marysa Marion was presented with the most improved player award, while the most improved junior varsity player award was given to junior Loveena Winkelkotter.
Lastly, senior Isie McLoughlin was presented with the Wrangler Award. On Friday of this week, athletes named to All-Conference and All-State teams will be announced.