Wranglers fall in playoffs to Torrington

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WORLAND – The Pinedale High School boys varsity soccer program came to a close last Friday evening following a tough 3-0 loss to Torrington while playing in Worland. The loss moved Pinedale’s overall record this season to 2-14.

Pinedale was able to get off to a strong start in the match, producing several shots in the opening 10 minutes of the game. Torrington scored shortly thereafter to go up 1-0.

“We came back well after that and the rest of the first half was pretty back-and-forth,” Pinedale coach JD Dudrey said.

Neither team earned a goal for the remainder of the opening half and Torrington went into the break with a slight edge, up 1-0.

Pinedale picked up the pace in the second half as the Wranglers put together a strong effort to ward off the TrailBlazers. Dudrey says he was pleased with his team’s effort to battle back into the game.

“The kids played very well and again we had several chances to score,” he said.

Pinedale nearly put up a goal when sophomore Quade Saxton played to fellow sophomore Sammy White. White hit a good shot, but it just rolled left of the post. As the final minutes ticked off the game clock, Torrington was able to secure two additional goals and eventually earned a 3-0 victory.

Despite being handed a tough loss to prevent advancing to state, Dudrey liked how his team finished out the season with a strong performance.

“The game was a lot closer than the final score,” he said. “We passed the ball well and communicated better than we have all year.”

The team played so well, the coach noted, that if they had put together performances like the one against Torrington against other opponents this season, they would have secured a lot more wins.

The coach noted the effort of junior Levi Douglas, along with sophomore Vance Hughes’ performance coming off the bench.

“The boys never gave up and I am incredibly proud of the way they competed this game,” Dudrey said.

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