The Star Valley soccer teams handled Pinedale High School in the first home action on the pitch this spring as part of a Tuesday afternoon double-header.
The Lady Braves led 5-0 en route to a 7-2 victory over the visiting Lady Wranglers. Jessica Woodford, Bailey Sharpe and Madi Klein all scored two goals each in the effort.
The Braves blanked the Wranglers 4-0 behind a stiff defensive effort from the back third and got their offense from four different scorers. Trace Haderlie, Robby Smith, Hyrum England and Bryan Burton all notched a goal. The team scored in the first 30 seconds of the match and did so again in the first 30 seconds of the second half to pace the effort.
Lady Wranglers: 2 Lady Braves: 7
The offense pushed the tempo the entire first half as Star Valley outshot the visitors 15-2. Woodford scored first in the 9th minute on a breakaway attempt to put the score at 1-0. Bailey Sharpe added the second goal in the 26th minute in similar fashion and Woodford scored her second goal in the 28th minute. It was part of a barrage of goals as Madi Klein lofted her first score from right to left and got it to carom off the left post into the net and a 4-0 lead in the 29th minute. Klein scored again just before the first half expired in the 40th for a 5-0 halftime advantage.
Coach Buckstaff rotated his lineup in the second half as Dakota Bateman put in a beautiful header in the box in the 50th minute and a 6-0 Star Valley advantage. Pinedale got on the board in the 57th minute as Val Vidal’s shot bounced off the left post but ended up right in front of McKenna Legerski who punched in the first goal for the Wranglers. It was another flurry of action as Sharpe answered for the Lady Braves on another breakaway in the 62nd minute and a 7-1 lead before Vidal notched a goal for herself in the 64th minute and the 7-2 final. Shayla Patterson had four saves in goal in the first half. The Lady Braves face a stiff test this weekend as they travel to Lander to take on the high-powered Lady Tigers.
Wranglers: 0 Braves: 4
After playing Star Valley to a tight 2-1 loss just last weekend, the Wranglers were likely hoping for a chance at the reset button as Trace Haderlie scored immediately after the opening whistle. His goal found the twine with just 26 seconds elapsed as the Braves never trailed in the game. Robby Smith was set up nicely in the 16th minute to score as the home team took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
It was deja vu to begin the second stanza but this time it was Hyrum England who sprinted his way past the Wrangler defense to score in the 41st minute and a 3-0 Star Valley lead.
Pinedale struggled to put together quality scoring opportunities with perhaps their best effort being turned away by keeper Ammon Guild. The game’s final score came in the 57th minute on another breakaway from Bryan Burton. The Braves will also face a tough Lander squad this weekend on the road in a key match up.