Lady Wranglers grab big win against Lady Panthers

POWELL – The Pinedale High School varsity girls soccer program rounded out its regular season schedule with a win and a loss last weekend, as the team first fell to Cody before pulling out a big win over Powell.

Pinedale set out on the open road last Friday to take on a tough Cody team in hot conditions.

“Friday’s game versus Cody was very difficult due to the heat being far hotter than any soccer day this season,” Pinedale coach Jennifer Adam said.

The Lady Wranglers struggled to keep up with the Fillies, eventually dropping a 3-0 loss.

Senior River Dauwen was named player of the game after securing 20 saves for Pinedale in the keeper position.

Pinedale returned to the road the following day with a matchup against Powell. The weather was once again warmer than previous games throughout the season, but Adam said her girls did a much better job combating the conditions this time around.

“We were ready,” she said.

Pinedale held strong against the Powell offense, with the Lady Panthers’ only goal coming in the first half during a momentary lapse in defensive coverage. At the half, Powell led 1-0.

Adam reminded the Lady Wranglers of their responsibilities out on the field and came out a stronger team in the second half. It wasn’t long until senior McKenna Legerski picked up a goal to tie the game 1-1 after sending the ball into the net from 30 yards out. Shortly thereafter, junior Bailey Schupp scored after picking up a rebound off of senior Lynora Anderson.

According to Adam, she was pleased with her team’s response from the halftime talk.

“The whole team stepped up and played together,” she said.

As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Pinedale restricted Powell from getting a quick goal to tie the game up, allowing the Lady Wranglers to pick up a 2-1 victory.

Junior Faith Friend was presented with player of the game nods after playing a big role in leading the defensive front and stopping a good amount of offensive drives from Powell. As a team, Pinedale finished with 25 shots on the goal, with Legerski leading the way with six shots.

The win moved Pinedale’s overall season record to 6-10 and concluded the team’s regular season schedule. The team now advances into postseason play, which kicks off this weekend with the first game today against Rawlins in Worland. A full recap of the playoffs will be in next Friday’s Roundup.

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