At the end of the varsity double-header, the final scoreboard was not kind to the visiting Pinedale Wranglers and Lady Wranglers as the Star Valley High School soccer teams pitched a pair of shutouts to move to 1-0 within the 3A West.
The Lady Braves scored three times in the game’s first 13 minutes on their way to a dominating 11-0 victory. Star Valley’s girls outshot their Pinedale counterparts to the tune of 37-6 over the course of the match and set a new school record for goals in a single game, eclipsing this past weekend’s 9-0 win over Newcastle. The Ladies have scored a whopping 26 goals already this season and moved their record to 3-1 overall.
The Braves scored all three of their goals in the first half in a 3-0 win as Cole Bagley and the defense pitched their first shutout of the season. Bagley had just four saves as the defense funneled the visitors away from the net and the Wranglers were outshot 37-4 on the match. The Braves drew even in the win/loss column on the season as they now stand at 2-2.
Before many even settled into the first home match of the season for Star Valley’s soccer teams, Jessica Woodford had added two goals to her gaudy early-season total. Woodford scored twice in the first five minutes and Kenedey Brog added another to put the Lady Braves up 3-0 before the midway point of the first half. Woodford would nab her fifth career hat trick in the 22nd minute to put the advantage to 4-0. Brog added two more in the 25th and 27th minutes respectively to tally her first career hat trick. Junior Shelbey Brog scored her first of the season on a putback attempt behind her younger sister in the 31st minute to give Star Valley a commanding 7-0 lead at halftime.
Codi Nield scored in the 56th minute with her first goal of the season sandwiched between a pair from Abby Nicoll who found the back of the net in the 52nd and 58th minute respectively. Woodford capped off the onslaught with the game’s final goal in the 61st minute and an 11-0 final. After shattering the school’s single-season goals scored with 14 last year, Woodford already has 12 in just four matches so far this year.
Braves: 3 Wranglers: 0
It was a very blue-collar effort for the Braves in their home opener as they got goals from three different players in the first half to shut down the visiting Wranglers. Captain Byron Anderson scored in the 12th minute to get things started and a 1-0 Star Valley lead. Chance Merica scored in the 27th minute and Alvero Castro scored just before the half in the 38th minute for the final tally of the game. It was the third goal of the season for both Anderson and Castro.
The Braves rolled up the shot attempts in the second half but were either thwarted by Pinedale’s Kyle Mivshek in goal, or just missed on shots that ricocheted off the cross bar and just wide of team mates. Mivshek finished with ten saves in the match. Star Valley’s boys will host Green River in a new addition to the varsity schedule next Tuesday, March 26.