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April 20, 2010 3:32 am

Panther girls split games

Written by Tribune Staff

PHS Soccer team scores important conference win

The Powell High School girls' soccer team scored a split of 3A West games over the weekend. The Panthers scored a 3-1 win at Pinedale on Friday before falling at top-ranked Jackson 10-0 on Saturday.

“Any time you can go on the road and win, especially when it is a long road trip, that's a good thing,” said Panther head coach Brad Hammond. “The girls came out and played well against Pinedale, and that's always a concern when you're stepping off the bus after six hours and having to play.”

Junior Molly McCray fired a shot from 15 yards out past the reach of Pinedale's keeper to open the scoring. Senior Shelby Willis followed with a strike to make it 2-0 at the half for the Panthers.

Katie Kipp stretched Powell's lead to 3-0 in the second half before Pinedale answered with a goal in the waning minutes against the Panthers' reserves.

“All three goals were the result of good individual effort to create space and put the ball on the goal,” said Hammond.

The Panthers missed on a few additional shot attempts throughout the contest as Powell peppered the crossbar and goal posts.

“We didn't do a good job of finishing,” said Hammond. “We should have probably had another goal or two, but we did a good job of keeping the pressure on and taking shots. We were also able to get some minutes to some players that don't always get the varsity time, which was nice.”

The Panthers faced a taller task on Saturday as their road trip took them to No. 1 Jackson. Similar to the team's game against No. 2 Cody a couple weeks earlier, the Panthers found themselves scored on in the opening minute as Jackson built a 6-0 halftime margin.

“We don't usually see teams that can consistently put the ball on goal from 30 yards out and score, and that's pretty much what Jackson was doing,” said Hammond. “We made some nice stops on some of their shots and breakaways, but they just kept the pressure on.”

The Panthers' coach also suggested a mental barrier may be in place when it comes to Jackson.

“In our minds, I think we may have been beat before we arrived,” said Hammond. “We're still working on that confidence. We're getting there. We've got more wins already than we had last season, but it still is going to take some time and some more Ws.”

In JV action, the Panthers fell to Jackson by a 4-0 count. The Powell reserves split a 1-1 decision against Pinedale.