Lady Wolves beat Powell, face two tough losses

The Green River High School Girls Soccer team had a difficult weekend of competition, going up against tough teams and facing close calls and hard losses.

The weekend started out stressful but still positive when the Lady Wolves took on Powell last Friday. At the start of the season, Green River beat the notoriously strong Lady Panthers during the Pinnacle Cup Soccer Tournament in Worland. Facing Powell at home, the competition was kicked up a notch.

"They were better at pressing our midfield into mistakes, and they have played a few more games than us already so they were in better game shape than we were," Green River Head Coach Matthew Robles explained.

The Lady Wolves fought hard, keeping ahead for much of the game. In the end the score tightened and the win came down to a shootout, which Coach Robles admitted was stressful.

"When you're up by two goals late in a game you don't expect to have to win in a shootout like that,"

he said. "But it was a good win."

Mikayla Flores stepped up and made two saves in the shootout, while Marely Magaña made the last shot to give Green River the "W." The Lady Wolves won the game with a final score of 4-3.

On Saturday, Green River hosted a game against Cody, the number one ranked team in the state. The Cody Fillies were fast and organized, according to Coach Robles, and they took advantage of the fact that the Lady Wolves didn't play their best game.

"We showed a lot of heart defensively, we just couldn't get going offensively," Robles explained. "We gave the ball up too easily and were outworked in winning the 50-50 balls."

With Green River unable to score, the Fillies ended up winning the game 5-0.

On Tuesday, the Lady Wolves hit the road to head to Lander and take on the Lady Tigers. Green River was able to play better than they had in their previous two games, according to Coach Robles, and outplayed Lander for most of the game. The Lady Wolves were up 2-1 at halftime, but gave up three goals on three mistakes to be down 4-2. They fought their way to another goal to make it 4-3, and had a few chances at the end to tie the game but weren't able to capitalize on them, Coach Robles explained.

"It was a tough loss for us," the Coach said. "The girls played hard, but we saw just how quickly a game can change as a road team when you make mistakes."

The Lady Wolves will be back on the road this weekend to travel to Lyman on Friday and Mountain View on Saturday, and they are hoping to keep improving so they can see more wins.  

"We need to keep growing in our buildup play and really focus on not giving up possession so easily as that's what's been a big problem in our three losses this season," Coach Robles said.


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