Boys’ soccer team score first victory

Robert Galbreath photo Big Piney senior Justin Seemann makes a header with the ball during practice on March 21. Vance Hughes of Pinedale (right) looks on.

The combined Pinedale

and Big Piney boys’ soccer team took home

its first victory of the season against Mountain

View at the Pinnacle Cup Tournament

in Worland. The two-day event, March 22-

23, was packed with action for the Wranglers

- two games on Friday and two on

Saturday.

Due to spring break, the team was still

operating with about half of its roster. Each

game consisted of two 30-minute halves

with no overtime. If a tie occurred, the game

went straight to a shootout.

The Wranglers hit the field on Friday

morning with the first game against Buffalo.

After the Wranglers scored a goal, Buffalo

surged ahead to claim the victory, 8-1. That

afternoon, the Wranglers lost again to Evanston.

The Wranglers stepped up intensity,

though, and the final score was much closer,

5-3 in Evanston’s favor.

On Saturday morning, the Wranglers

came out with a vengeance and turned the

tables to score a 6-3 victory against conference

rival Mountain View. The win allowed

the team to stay in the tournament for one

more game Saturday afternoon. The Wranglers

were unable to keep up the momentum

they had against Mountain View, though,

and lost the fourth game to Rawlins, 5-0.

The Wranglers scored a total of 10 points

for the weekend. Pinedale senior Sammy

White led with four points, followed by

Pinedale senior Vance Hughes with two. Big

Piney sophomores Gabriel Rodriguez and

Edwin Gonzalez both contributed a point

to the teams’ roster. Pinedale sophomore

Teagan Bowers and Pinedale junior Jesus

Holland-Gonzalez added another goal each.

Despite the 1-3 record, Head Coach J.D.

Dudrey was proud of the team for playing

with low numbers and against some larger

opponents.

“The weekend was a great learning expe-

Robert Galbreath photos

Big Piney sophomore Gabriel Rodriguez (center) moves the ball down the

field during practice on March 21. Also pictured are Big Piney sophomore

Edwin Gonzalez (right) and Luke Harrison of Pinedale (left).

Big Piney senior Justin Seemann moves in to get the ball away from Teagan

Bowers of Pinedale during practice on March 21.

rience for the younger players who went,”

he said. “We did score 10 goals over the

weekend, and that was great to see. We

have struggled to score goals in the past, so

hopefully we can keep scoring as the season

progresses. The kids played extremely hard

over the weekend. We only had three substitutes

over four games, and it was nice to see

everyone play so hard.”

The Wranglers will play an away game

against Powell this Friday, March 29. The

game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

They also play Saturday in Cody at 11

a.m.

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