Ranked Worland too much for Wranglers

PINEDALE – The Pinedale Wranglers put up a determined fight against cold temperatures and sustained wind gusts along with a tough opponent, Worland, the No. 2-ranked team in the 3A West Conference, at Sunny Korfanta Field on May 7.

The final score favored the Worland Warriors, 11-0, though the tally did not reflect the marked improvement Pinedale exhibited on the field.

“Overall, we passed the ball pretty well and actually created several more scoring opportunities in this game compared to the first time we played the Warriors in Worland,” said head coach J.D. Dudrey.

The Warrior offense hit the field fast and furious in the first half, scoring a string of goals to establish a commanding 8-0 lead at halftime.

The Pinedale defense tightened in the second half, holding Worland to only three goals as the Wrangler offense increasingly pushed the ball over midfield.

Sophomore Brody Hamby served as goalie and “made some fantastic saves throughout the entire game,” totaling around 15, said coach Dudrey.

The Wranglers wrap up the regular season this weekend with a home game against Lyman on Friday, May 13. Varsity boys play at 5 p.m. while junior varsity squares off against the Eagles on the practice field at 3 p.m.

On Saturday, May 14, Pinedale travels to the Bridger Valley for a series of games against Mountain View beginning at 11 a.m.

The Wranglers hope to repeat the success they achieved early in the season against Lyman and Mountain View. Pinedale defeated both the Eagles, 3-1, and the Buffaloes, 2-0, at the Pinnacle Cup hosted by Worland on March 25-26.

Pinedale fought Lyman to a 3-3 draw in a nail-biter on April 19.