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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Riggers haul leads Goldendale soccer to first win, 7-2 over Zillah


September 19, 2018

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The girls embrace after sophomore Ashley Speikerman found the back of the net late in the second half of Tuesday's 7-2 win over Zillah.

Forget about hat tricks, Goldendale's Lene Riggers struck for four goals as the Timberwolves knocked off the Zillah Leopards 7-2 on Tuesday for their first win of the season.

Riggers, one of two seniors on the team, recorded the haul (four goals) while junior Faith Hastings, junior Jaidan Royce, and sophomore Ashley Speikerman also pitched in goals in a spirited game with an enthused crowd.

Coming off a 4-0 loss last week at Granger that was closer than the final score indicated, the Wolves were able to carry over some momentum from that game and use it against the Leopards.

"We played Granger and they played the best that we've ever seen them play," head coach Anna DeMott said. "I think they got a glimpse of what it feels like to be successful.

"I have been trying to, all week, keep that energy and stay hungry and I think they totally turned that on (on Tuesday)," she added.

The Timberwolves found themselves in unfamiliar territory after scoring four goals and leading 4-1 at halftime, but the message from the coaches was to go out there after the break and continue playing like they had for the first 40 minutes.

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Senior Lene Riggers works to keep possession of the ball during Tuesday's win over Zillah. Riggers recorded a haul on Tuesday, scoring four goals and helping the team to its first win this season.

"I think the thought was a crucial point too, at halftime was looking to try and reset themselves and look at it and say 'Yes, you're ahead and it's a new feeling, but don't push yourself in a wrong direction. Don't overplay it. Don't overthink it. ... Just go back and play your game that you played the first half,' and they just did it perfect," assistant coach Joe Riggers said.

That's what the Wolves did, with two second-half goals from Riggers and the third from Speikerman, which she fired from the righthand side and found the back of the net off the hand of Zillah's goaltender.

After Tuesday's game, the Wolves are off until traveling to Wahluke on Saturday. Until then, they're going to keep the intensity high at practice and and come back strong come game time.

"We're not going to let up on them," assistant coach Stephen McCandless said. "We're just going to keep on pushing them and hopefully that translates to more wins and more wins. I think it's all uphill from here."


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