The overwhelming factor for much of the rivalry matches between Star Valley and Jackson on Tuesday afternoon was the wind.
Not known for blustery conditions, gusts routinely blew at 50 miles per hour as each program had their share of struggles dealing with it.
The Lady Braves and Lady Broncs tied 3-3 in one of the more wild outings in memory while the Broncs added another win over the Braves in the series with a one-sided 4-0 effort.
Lady Broncs: 3 Lady Braves: 3
The girls game in particular saw all six of the goals scored taking place in the North goal as the wind whipped the ball northeast for most of the day. Jackson scored three times in the first half to hold a 3-0 lead only to watch Star Valley rally with three goals of their own in the first 12 minutes of the second half.
The first goal was a wide looping shot from Taylor Graue who used the wind perfectly to stick the ball past Shayla Patterson in the 15th minute. Julie Cervantes added another in the 18th for a 2-0 Jackson lead and then freshman Alex Hee used a chip shot over the keeper in the 34th for the 3-0 Lady Bronc advantage.
The Lady Braves answered quickly out of intermission with a goal from Samantha Southam as she beat Faith Hamlin one and one in the 44th. The momentum floodgates opened up as senior Dakota Bateman put in a header just two minutes later in the 46th minute. Finally, Jessica Woodford showed her range as she banged in a free kick from 35 yards out with the wind to tie the game at 3-3 in the 52nd.
Then, just as quickly as the offenses scored, the two teams went scoreless for the remaining 48 minutes including two overtime periods to end 3-3. The tie will make the rematch in Jackson on May 2, all the more important as the two programs will try and secure the top seed out of the Southwest and avoid a state tournament qualifier. The Lady Braves host Worland on Saturday morning at 11 a.m.
The Braves were not as fortunate in their match with Jackson as the Broncs’ defense combined with the weather made it difficult for Star Valley to even cross midfield. Will Horstmann scored in the 12th minute and then Christian Morales scored in the 27th to make it 2-0 Jackson. Tad Graham did a good job in goal filling in for an injured Ammon Guild but it was not an enviable day between the pipes. Josh Gilmore added a goal in the 32nd minute before halftime.
The Broncs eventually won 4-0 with another goal from Tristian Wagner in the 58th minute to improve their season record to 7-0. The Braves loss dropped them to 6-4 overall and 1-1 in the Southwest as they look to bounce back this Saturday afternoon against the visiting Worland Warriors.