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March 21, 2013 8:12 am

Panther girls fifth in soccer poll

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Boys receive votes as well

The Powell Panthers are ranked fifth in the first girls’ soccer poll of the year. The Panthers were named on six of the 11 ballots submitted and begin the year at No. 5 according to the Wyopreps coaches and media poll.

The Panthers amassed a 2-0-1 record in their first action of the 2013 season. Over the course of three 50-minute jamboree games, Powell outshot its opponents by a 55-to-5 margin, scoring 12 goals while surrendering just one.

The win total tied last season’s record while the eight goals the team scored in action against Rawlins is believed to be a single-game record for the program, according to Panther head coach Brett Hanlin. Powell received one second-place vote, three third-place votes, a fourth place vote and a fifth place vote in the rankings.

Cody, with four first-place votes, sits atop the season’s first 3A girls’ soccer poll. Jackson, with three first-place votes, is in second place. Lander is third and Star Valley, also with three first-place votes, is fourth in the poll.

Buffalo, unranked, received the last first-place vote in 3A. The Panthers travel to face the Bison on Friday. Torrington and Worland also received votes.

On the boys’ side, the Panthers picked up one fifth-place vote as 10 of the state’s 12 3A soccer programs picked up votes to begin the season.

Defending state champion Jackson garnered eight of the nine first-place votes to easily pull down the No. 1 ranking in the year’s first poll. Lander, the only other team to earn a first-place nod, was second.

Buffalo, the Panthers’ opponent for Friday’s home opener, is third, followed by Worland and Pinedale.

Star Valley, Torrington, Rawlins and Newcastle all received votes in addition to the Panthers.

Notably absent from the rankings was the presence of Cody, long a state power in boys’ soccer and the 2012 consolation bracket champion.

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