The Star Valley soccer programs opened up their traditionally tough conference slate this weekend. The Lady Braves played their first two home matches of the season, despite mounds of snow around the playing surface which took more than a week of work to clear due to lingering winter conditions and an above average year for snowfall. Star Valley jumped out early against the Natrona Fillies with freshman Jessica Woodford notching the team’s first goal in just the fourth minute. The defense would hold as they took the 1-0 lead into intermission.
The second half was all Fillies as the visitors scored three times for a 3-1 victory. Natrona dominated possession of the ball with KayZanne Graney scoring in the 44th minute to tie it up. Courtney Patterson then shouldered one in from a crossing attempt in the 54th minute. Kylie Graney then sealed the match in the 71st minute.
The ladies second match with Riverton took place on Saturday and the Wolverines were just too quick and too fast. The combination of Alexis Oaks and Marcia Ashdown were too much for Star Valley in a 4-0 Riverton victory. Oaks scored first and scored often as they collected a hat trick in the 6th, 28th and 67th minutes. Ashdown consistently put pressure on the defense and scored in the 8th minute as well.
As for the Braves, the fell 3-0 on the road in Natrona and then salvaged a 2-2 tie on the away trip against Riverton. Cody Call and John Strang each scored a goal as the Braves’ record on the season now stands at 2-1-2.
The Braves will be away on Friday against the Rock Springs Tigers. The Lady Braves will host Rock Springs on Friday April 1.