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Panther girls win two at Jamboree

Powell High School girls’ soccer coach Brett Hanlin talks with his players during practice. The Panther girls went 2-0-1 in jamboree play on Saturday. Powell High School girls’ soccer coach Brett Hanlin talks with his players during practice. The Panther girls went 2-0-1 in jamboree play on Saturday. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Team begins year 2-0-1 record

One year ago, the Powell High School girls’ soccer team had to withdraw from its season-opening jamboree due to a lack of players. This season, the Panthers looked in mid-season form in many ways as they opened play.

Powell matched its win total from a season ago, defeating Rawlins by an 8-0 final score and Douglas 3-0. The Panthers’ only non-win on Saturday was the team’s season-opening 1-1 draw against Class 4A Evanston.

All three of the games featured a shortened time clock as teams played for only 25 minutes per half.

“Against Evanston, we really had the better of the match,” said Panther girls’ soccer coach Brett Hanlin. “We outshot them by a 15-4 margin.”

Against Rawlins, the Panthers amassed eight goals and registered the team’s first shutout of the season. Hanlin noted the offensive outburst was impressive for a couple of reasons.

“That’s a lot of goals for a 50-minute jamboree game,” Hanlin said. “We also had a lot of players who were in for starters we’d subbed out or who were playing out of position late in the game.”

The Panthers wrapped up their jamboree appearance with a 3-0 victory over Douglas. Powell held the Bearcats to just one shot on net for the contest.

Shots on net were difficult to come by for all the Panthers’ opponents throughout the weekend. Powell strikers unleashed 55 shots on goal, compared to just five scoring chances generated against the Panthers’ defense.

“Our defense was solid, allowing only five shots total in all three games,” said Hanlin. “Our midfield was also very solid, working hard to win back the ball for us and making quality passes with one another to help us possess the ball more and create offensive opportunities.”

Haley Wichman was the beneficiary of several of those offensive opportunities. Wichman finished with four of Powell’s 12 goals for the weekend. She also finished with two of the team’s five assists.

Other goals were scored by Joelle Herzog, Kim Murdock, Aimee Kawano, Shelby Nicholson, Courtney Tyacke, Maria Kissner, Saisy Florian and Alyssa Hildebrand. In addition to Wichman, Murdock also had a pair of assists at the jamboree. Herzog had the last of the Panthers’ assists.

Alyssa Hildebrand and Lyndsey Kindred split time in goal for both of the Panthers’ shutout wins.

“The offense was working together well, setting each other up with many opportunities and trying different strategies to beat the opposing defense,” said Hanlin. “I am well pleased, as we had trouble finding the net last year.”

The Panthers travel to Buffalo this Friday for a contest. The team has its first home action of the year on Saturday with an 11 a.m. kickoff against Pinedale.

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