Lady Wranglers beat Lyman during opening weekend

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PINEDALE – Spring season opened for the Lady Wranglers’ soccer team with two conference games against Lyman and Mountain View. On Saturday, March 27, Pinedale scored its first season victory against Lyman, 4-1.

The team loaded the bus for an away game against Mountain View on Tuesday, March 30. Despite putting up a fight, the Lady Wranglers fell, 4-2.

The team was initially slated to start the season at an away game in Rawlins on Friday, March 26. The match was postponed due to weather.

During Saturday’s match against Lyman, Pinedale kept the pressure on the Eagles and the ball stayed in Lyman’s territory for most of the match. Senior Reese Noble scored the first goal for the Lady Wranglers. Fellow senior Rita Mata received the ball and shot in the next point.

Junior Alena Mika sent the ball down the field and scored the third goal for Pinedale. Olivia Edwards, also a junior, capped the game off with a shot into the net and the fourth point for the Lady Wranglers.

Pinedale defense was waiting the few times the Eagles broke into Lady Wrangler territory. Senior Preslie Mecham played goalie and caught one save against Lyman.

“I am so very proud of how the team played,” said head coach Shanda Jensen. “We not only changed player field positions, but changed the position some of the players have played in the past.”

On Saturday against Mountain View, Edwards scored the first goal for the Lady Wranglers. Freshman Anna Lehr took control of the ball and sent it down the field for Pinedale’s second point.

“It was a tough game on Saturday,” said coach Jensen. “The weather was windy and cold. Varsity came back in the second half and played really well against their opponent and the weather.”

Pinedale hosted Evanston on Friday, April 2. Results were not available at press time.

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