Lady Panthers battle wind and wolverines, come away with a victory.

By Breanne Thiel, Powell Wyoming Athletics

Powell and Riverton battled on a windy Friday afternoon on March 23rd on the Lady Panthers home turf. Though Riverton scored first in the 74th minute, the Lady Panther then went on to hold the Lady Wolverines scoreless for the remainder of the game to win 3-1.

“I thought the team played great,” said head coach Jack Haire who added that the team had also played as well as he had hoped with all team members of the varsity roster in attendance.

In the previous two games (Pinedale on March 16 and Star Valley on March 17), three members of the varsity squad had prior commitments and were unable to make the game.

Of the game against Riverton, Haire said the “front three played exceptionally well.”

The front three are junior Jaya Smith and sophomores Kayla Kolpitcke and Michele Wagner.

Smith, Kolpitcke and Wagner each scored a goal.

“Our defense held strong,” Haire said of the game while adding that the Lady Panthers “had quite a few new players play this week as well.”

In the keeper position, senior Sydney Olsen played the first half and junior Melynda Davison played the second half.

“It’s nice to know that I can put in either one of our keepers and be ready to play – trust either one of them,” said Haire.

Olsen had six saves and Davison have five.

“I just thought we had a nice quality win,” Haire said.

With the win over Riverton, the Lady Panthers have a 2-1 overall record.

Haire said “I’m just so excited to be sitting where we’re at – 2-1.”

The coach added that he thought Powell played “Star Valley tough in our loss and we looked good against Pinedale missing players and we looked great versus Riverton with our players. I’m just hoping we can stay healthy throughout the season and keep improving on what’s happening right now. I’m excited.”

Tonight (Tuesday, March 27) at 3 p.m. the Lady Panthers will travel to face off against the No. 2 ranked team in the state, Worland. The game will also be the first 3A Northwest Quadrant game for the Lady Panthers this season.

“I’m hoping to play them a lot tougher and better than we did last year,” said Haire. “We had a tough loss last year but our team is way more healthy this year and I just believe that we have a way better quality team this year than we did last year.”

Worland has a 0-1 quadrant record (lost to Cody 2-1 on March 23) and a 1-1 overall record.

The 3A Northwest Quadrant is comprised of Worland, Cody and Powell.

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