It’s been a tale of two seasons for the Riverton girls soccer team. The Silverwolves struggled in the win column early on but have responded with a strong showing in region competition.
Riverton opened the 2008 season with a 3-2 victory over Mountain View behind two goals from Shelby Ostler. Then Riverton faced some of the top teams in the state and suffered five consecutive defeats. Riverton fell to Jordan, Alta, Timpanogos, Lehi and Brighton, ending its non-league schedule with a 1-5 mark. Only one of the five losses was closer than three goals.
Region play couldn’t have come at a better time.
The Silverwolves, who had a perfect 10-0 region record a year ago, are looking to duplicate the feat this season. Riverton rolled to a 7-0 region mark, allowing just one goal in those contests. That goal was scored by Copper Hills in the Silverwolves’ second region game. Fortunately, Riverton scored nine goals to win easily. Aside for a pair of 1-0 victories -- back-to-back wins over Bingham and Hunter -- the Silverwolves didn’t have a game closer than four goals in their first seven outings in Region 3 competition.
Riverton’s final regular season game is Tuesday, Oct. 7 at home against Hunter. The team also played on the road at Kearns Sept. 30 and at home against Bingham Oct. 2. Results of those games weren’t available at press time. The state tournament will begin Tuesday, Oct. 14.
At press time, the Silverwolves were scoring 3.3 goals per game. As of Sept. 29 Ostler was leading the team in scoring with 16 goals. That figure was good enough for second-best in class 5A. Twelve other Silverwolves scored, including Mackenzie Bath and Taylor White, who had four apiece. Amanda Matthews, Kelsie Sanders, Lizzie Spencer and Marie Butterfield each had three goals through Sept. 29.