Nobody will say it, but this week is all about rematches with Jackson and then a stiff non-conference game against Buffalo on a neutral field in Lander. So unless shown otherwise, local fans were counting on a pair of victories in Pinedale on Tuesday evening, which is exactly what they got.
The scores of Star Valley’s wins in Pinedale likely point out that the teams are feeling confident rolling into the weekend despite never beating a Jackson varsity team.
The Lady Braves (7-4-1) scored three times in the first seven minutes en route to an 11-1 drubbing of the Lady Wranglers while the Braves produced the same 4-0 shutout in the boys match that they achieved in Afton.
Both teams will now face their nemesis in Teton County where Star Valley soccer teams have struggled mightily.
The Lady Braves are 4-1-1 in their last six matches and felt they let an opportunity slip away at home against the Lady Broncs last week in a 3-3 tie. But that’s been the story of this soccer rivalry for a decade now where neither gender has collected a win against Jackson who has been largely as dominant in this sport as Star Valley is in pretty much everything else.
The Braves (8-4) didn’t have any success against the Broncs in Afton where they not only faced a seemingly elite team, but unseasonable and uncharacteristic wind which seemed at the beck and call of the visitors. Will the momentum turn this weekend? Time will tell. Until the 4-0 loss to the Broncs, Star Valley had not lost by more than one goal in any match this season.
Lady Braves: 11 Lady Wranglers: 1
Bailey Sharpe, Dakota Bateman and Madi Klein scored in the 5th, 6th and 7th minutes in a match that got out of hand early. When the Pinedale net cooled down the ladies had collected 11 goals in a match for the second time this season (Rawlins). Klein, Bateman and Kenedey Brog each ended up with two goals each while Jessica Woodford scored four times and notched three assists in a monster effort. The Lady Wranglers will not miss the Star Valley senior who scored at least four goals in a match for the fifth time in her career, three of which were at Pinedale’s expense.
Braves: 4 Wranglers: 0
The Braves continue to spread their offense around, a key component in their run to the 3A title match last season where different players made huge plays in each outing. Hyrum England continues to find his stride, scoring for the third time in the team’s last five outings. The Braves are 3-0 in those games. Dayne Abrams notched his 18th career goal and Kelton Robinson scored for the second consecutive game as well. Bryan Burton’s goal pushes his season total to seven. It’s the third shutout of the season for the Star Valley defense.