Can’t win them all

Rawlins’ Cinthya Vargas sends a ball into a blockade of Lander defenders Saturday in the Lady outlaws’ 2-0 loss to the Lady Tigers.

RAWLINS — Rawlins High School Girls Soccer (1-1, 4-5-1) played two tough games during the weekend, but were only able to come out with one not-so-easy victory.

Rawlins took down Pinedale High School (0-3, 1-9) in a 1-0 overtime victory Friday at Pinedale before matching up with Lander Valley High School (2-0-0-1, 4-5) for its second conference game of the season Saturday in Rawlins.

Lander Valley would claim a 2-0 win against Rawlins.

For majority of the game, the Lady Outlaws didn’t allow the Lady Tigers to sink their claws into them, but for ten minutes of play, Lander was able to find Rawlins’ weak spot.

With less than five minutes to play in the first half, Lander and Rawlins went back and forth, stopping each other’s attempts to breakaway from the other. With moments to spare, however, the ball would break free from the ruckus and a Lander attacker dribbled her way to the net the game’s first goal.

As long as it took for the first goal to be scored, Lander took way less time to put the final point on the scoreboard. Before the game’s 46th minute, the Lady Tigers weaved their way around the Lady Outlaws to put the second point on the scoreboard.

The Lady Outlaws made their attacks at the net and pushed their way downfield on multiple occasions but couldn’t get past a physical Lady Tigers’ defense.

This marked the first conference loss of the season for Rawlins, knocking them down to second in Southeast standings. RHS will play Buffalo High School (1-0, 3-6-1) this weekend before beginning its conference series with Torrington High School (0-1, 0-7-1) next week.

Rawlins plays Buffalo at noon on Saturday in Rawlins.

Lady Outlaws Head Coach Brooke Dotterer-Mendez was not available for comments upon deadline.

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