Apr 14, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports EditorRiverton's female footballers were outplayed by a rugged Warriors squad on a blustery afternoon.
On Thursday at Wolverine Field, the home side was looking to take back-to-back victories and produce a three-game winning streak, coming off consecutive triumphs against Lander and Pinedale in their previous pair of pitch encounters.
However, the Lady Warriors of Worland proved to be uncooperative, scoring a pair of goals in each half of a 4-0 win over Riverton.
It didn't take long for the black-clad visitors from the north to breach the Big Red defense, as Hannah Ozman netted a goal in the fourth minute to open the scoring. That was followed by a Lady Wolverines own goal, which doubled the advantage.
Worland's Casey Wassum added a brace, with goals in the 47th and 54th minutes, which effectively killed off the game and along with it, any hope of a Riverton fightback.
According to Lady Wolverines head coach Tanya Santee, neither side covered itself in glory despite the lopsided scoreline.
"We actually didn't play our best soccer," said Santee. "But, they also didn't play as well as the score indicated. It was a slow game on both sides, especially in the first half. We allowed them to control the game too much."
Santee said it wasn't necessarily what Worland did, but more along the lines of her club not producing.
"I'm not sure their defense did anything in particular," she said. "We didn't put significant pressure on them."
One factor which did put pressure on both sides were the elements on a blustery afternoon as the wind whipped around the pitch, wreaking havoc on the high ball, which her squad attempted to utilize rather than keeping the ball low, said Santee.
"We didn't deal with the wind well," she said. "We put too many balls in the air when we should've played on the ground."
However, despite defeat, Santee is optimistic as her resurgent club moves ahead, she said.
"We're young and we're going to have some growing pains," said Santee. "We will look to improve upon both the mental and technical aspects to play better going forward."
Riverton (3-7, 1-1 Class 3-A Southwest) will next travel to Jackson for a road contest against the Lady Broncs and Santee expects a rough go for her charges, she said.
"Jackson will play much more quickly and much more disciplined than a lot of teams," said Santee. "They'll look to shoot often, and I expect them to put a lot of girls in scoring positions."
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