PINEDALE – Closing out the season with a bang, the Wrangler boys’ soccer team thrashed Lyman, 5-1, on Friday, May 14, and scored a 1-0 win in a tight battle against Mountain View on Saturday.
Pinedale took the initiative early in the match against the Eagles and never looked back. Junior Braydon Simmons kicked in two goals. Senior Thomas Day followed up with a successful shot inside the net.
Big Piney junior Jafet Martinez and Pinedale junior Lucas Hughes both rounded out the scorebook with one goal. Senior Landon Preece made two assists during the match with Simmons and senior Juan Reyes each playing one assist.
“We had several kids stand out over the weekend, but the ones I would really like to highlight are Tommy Day, Jimmy Winkelkotter and Braydon Simmons,” said head coach J.D. Dudrey. “Tommy played the wing really well and he probably played the best game I have seen from him in his entire high school career. He was in a great position at all times and worked really well up and down the field.”
On Saturday, Pinedale fought Mountain View into a scoreless draw at halftime. The stalemate continued through the second half until Winkelkotter caught a quick opening in Mountain View’s defense, wound up a kick and sent a perfect shot into the net.
“Jimmy is a great defender and we pushed him up into the midfield a little bit over the weekend and he rewarded us by scoring the game winning goal on Saturday,” said Dudrey. “He commanded the field and really just dominated each game whether he was playing in the midfield or up front as a forward.”
Coach Dudrey was pleased the season ended on a high note and is looking forward to hitting the field next year.
“I am very proud of the kids’ effort throughout the season,” he added. “They competed all game, every game, even if the game was out of hand. It was disappointing not to make the State Tournament, but we really did improve throughout the year. We play in a tough conference, so the fact that we improved says a lot. Hopefully we can carry that into the offseason and progress all the way into next season.”