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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Soccer team looks to build of last Tuesday's win; Wahluke game rescheduled for Saturday


September 26, 2018

Jaryd Cline

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

Coming off its first win in years, the Goldendale girls soccer team didn't have a chance to make it back-to-back wins after last Saturday's road contest with Wahluke was postponed. That game will be made up this Saturday at 11 a.m. in Wahluke.

The Timberwolves, after crushing the Zillah Leopards 7-2 last Thursday in Goldendale, had to cancel Saturday's nonleague matchup with the Wahluke Warriors with a few girls out sick.

However, those extra days off should have given the team a chance to fully recuperate for its return to the pitch on Tuesday against Highland. Results from that game, which kicked off at 6 p.m. in Cowiche against the Scotties, were unavailable when the papers were sent out.

Entering Tuesday's game however, the Scotties sat in second place in the South Central Athletic Conference West with a 3-1 league record while the Wolves, at 1-3, sit in sixth place.


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.

"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 right-hand side and found the back of the net off the hand of Zillah's goaltender.

After Tuesday's game against Highland, the Wolves are back at it on Thursday against Naches. Until then, they're going to keep the intensity high at practice 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."

After facing Naches at home Thursday at 4 p.m., Goldendale will be in Wahluke Saturday morning and will be back at home next Tuesday against league-leading La Salle starting at 4.


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