Apr 21, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports EditorBrittany Dwyer scored in the 98th minute, securing a dramatic 1-0 Lady Wolverines road win at Pinedale.
For 80 minutes of regulation in Pinedale on Thursday afternoon, the Lady Wolverines of Riverton and the host Wranglers played soccer to a 0-0 deadlock, requiring extra time to decide the issue.
The first 10-minute overtime session came and went without either side seizing an advantage.
However, with only two minutes left on the referee's watch in the second, Brittany Dwyer picked an exquisite occasion to pot her first goal of the season, sending Riverton to a 1-0 victory.
According to Riverton head coach Tanya Santee, the result was just, all things considered, as far as the how the game played out over the course of the 100 minutes.
"We certainly had a lot of opportunities," said Santee. "We hit the crossbar several times and their keeper made some great saves."
Alas, the Lady Wranglers netminder only let one in, but it was a big one, indeed and Lady Red had a happy ride home.
But, not before Santee's charges worked hard to break down a resolute Wranglers defense which employed a sweeper, making it more difficult for the Riverton attack to make inroads.
With Dwyer's dramatic strike being the lone goal of the contest, the Lady Wolverines' back four of Kendra Cleveland, Jada Boyer, Mackenzie Becker and Sam Gaudern was required to step up in front of goalkeeper Madisyn Pantle and they did exactly that, as Pantle, who's been the busiest keeper in the state this season, only needed to make three saves to keep the clean sheet.
Riverton (4-8, 2-1 Class 3-A Southwest) will face Star Valley at Wolverine Field on Friday, looking to avenge a season-opening 7-0 defeat to the Lady Braves and Santee feels her club is primed and ready to make sure a repeat performance isn't in the cards for the visitors, she said.
"We're going in playing stronger and tougher this time around," said Santee. "We'll be fine -- our girls are resilient."
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