Lady Wranglers wrap up season battling Lyman, Mountain View
PINEDALE – The Pinedale High School Lady Wrangler girls’ soccer team closed out its regular season with back-to-back games against conference rivals Lyman and Mountain View.
On Friday, May 12, Pinedale traveled to the Bridger Valley to square off against the Lyman Lady Eagles.
Lyman led, 4-0, at halftime. The Lady Eagles scored their fifth goal early in the second half. Refusing to yield, the Pinedale defense closed ranks while the Lady Wrangler offense made repeated attacks into Lyman territory.
Pinedale senior Miros Gutierrez snapped the ball up from a Lyman defender, maneuvered it down the center of the field and shot it into the net for a goal.
The final tally favored Lyman, 6-1, though the Lady Wranglers put up a stiff resistance, particularly in the second half.
Saturday featured Pinedale’s final home game against the Mountain View Lady Buffalos. Mountain View scored in the opening minutes of the game before a strengthened Pinedale defense shut down further attempts by the Lady Buffalos to score in the first half.
Following a scrappy, physical second half, Mountain View managed to score twice and win, 3-0.
The team displayed considerable improvement over the weekend as the chemistry between players came together, said Head Coach Shanda Jensen.
“The girls played really well over the weekend and are really starting to work well as a team,” Jensen added. “I really wish there was more to the season.”
Saturday’s game included Senior Recognition Day to honor players Addison Bing, Gutierrez, Kelcy Moffat, Molly Murphy and Madison Zook along with senior team managers Leanna Crozier and Kalli Davis.
The Lady Buffalos attempted to set the pace early in the first half with a goal before the Pinedale defense closed ranks.
Sophomore Cora Koci maneuvered the ball out of Pinedale territory and freshman goalie Erin Murphy picked up a save. Junior Anna Lehr cleared the ball.
Zook drove the ball into Mountain View territory and made a shot on goal. Sophomore Victoria Ramage followed up with her own shot on goal.
Murphy caught five more saves, including two attempted corner kicks. Anna Lehr and sophomore Samantha Brannan applied defensive pressure to keep the ball out of Pinedale territory.
Junior Ana Mika led an attack into Lady Buffalo territory. Murphy rounded out the first half with a pair of saves.
Bing opened the second half with a shot on goal. Mountain View scored twice, prompting Pinedale to intensify its defense. Freshman Mia Lehr cleared the ball and Murphy snagged a save.
Brannan placed herself in position to launch a shot on goal. Murphy picked up an additional save. The Lady Wrangler offense stepped up the pressure as the second half progressed, with Gutierrez making two shots on goal.