PINEDALE – Hitting the turf with a vengeance, the Wrangler boys’ soccer team crushed its opponents in the first week of competition. On Saturday, March 27, Pinedale defeated conference rival Lyman, 4-1. The team followed that victory up with a 3-1 conference win against Mountain View on Tuesday, March 30.
The team was initially slated to open the season with an away game against Rawlins on Friday, March 26. The match was postponed due to weather.
Following a tough defensive fight against Lyman for most of the first half on Saturday, freshman Jayce Ramage swept in and scored two goals before the buzzer sounded. He slammed the first shot in unassisted and made the second goal off a play by senior Logan Bing.
Ramage continued his scoring streak early in the second half with an unassisted goal. Junior Lucas Hughes maneuvered the ball into the net, sealing the win for the Wranglers with the team's fourth goal. Big Piney senior Edwin Gonzalez assisted Hughes on the point.
Freshman Brody Hamby played goalie during the match against Lyman and caught five saves.
On Saturday against Mountain View, Ramage shot in Pinedale’s lone goal in the first half, unassisted. The Wranglers picked up the momentum and took the lead with two goals in the second half.
Freshman Dylan Call scored a goal unassisted, followed by a shot into the net by senior Landon Preece, also unassisted.
“We didn’t look good in the first half,” said head coach J.D. Dudrey following the Mountain View game. “In the second half, the team passed the ball better and controlled the pace of the game better.”
The Wranglers host Evanston on Friday, April 2. Results were not available at press time.