Late goal gives Lady Wranglers momentum

PINEDALE – Powerful winds once again roared down from the northwest, though the sun came out for most of the afternoon, as the Pinedale Lady Wranglers hit the pitch against the Worland Lady Warriors on Saturday, May 7.

Worland maintained its spot as the No. 4 seed in the 3A West Conference, pulling out a 10-1 win.

Worland kept the ball in Lady Wrangler territory for most of the game, keeping the Pinedale defense on its feet. The Lady Wrangler backfield and midfield regrouped and made multiple plays to keep their side of the field clear.

Pinedale’s offense made several decisive strikes across midfield. Senior Emmaline Vrska scored Pinedale’s lone goal with a powerful corner kick.

The Lady Wranglers switched several key positions on Saturday and saw positive results, said head coach Shanda Jensen.

“We changed the positions in the midfield to fill the gap between offense and defense,” she added. “They played it really well and we were able to move the ball much better from previous games.”

Sophomore Anastasia Mika tended goal for both halves, tallying 15 saves.

“Ana played incredibly well for being such a new goalie,” said Jensen.

The Lady Wranglers finish the regular season this weekend with a home game against Lyman on Friday, May 13. Varsity girls play at 3 p.m. on Sunny Korfanta Field with junior varsity squaring off against the Lady Eagles on the practice field.

On Saturday, May 14, Pinedale travels to Mountain View to take on the Buffaloes with games beginning at 11 a.m.

The Lady Wranglers enter the final weekend with two victories. Pinedale defeated both Torrington and Rawlins in overtime shootouts at the Pinnacle Cup on March 25-26.