The Riverton girls soccer team was eliminated from the state tournament early this year but head coach Paul Mozier believes the girls should still be proud of their effort. With a win-loss record of 9-4, the girls went to the state tournament as the second place team in the region. They played Lone Peak, Oct. 13, on home turf, but lost with a final score of 2-0.
“Last year we took first in region,” Mozier said. “We were hoping to repeat as region champs but I’m proud of how the girls played and came together. We lost a bunch of good seniors last year so in some ways [this team] exceeded my expectations.”
Seniors Amanda Mathers and Katie Bodily were Mozier’s strongest forwards and worked as the team’s striking force. “They really started to work together up front and run off each other,” he said.
Mozier also depended a lot on senior Marie Butterfield, who played the midfield position last year but stepped up as this year’s main sweeper. The team is made up of 11 seniors but Mozier isn’t too worried about losing that many players next year.
“It’s always hard to say how things will look next year because a lot depends on how hard they work in the off-season,” he said. “We always have some who come back and have improved a whole lot, who step in where the seniors left off.”
One player Mozier is excited to see again is freshman midfielder Darian Jenkins. “She’s a very special player,” he said. “She’s got a lot of natural ability but she also works very hard at it. She’s really fast.”
One of this year’s highlights, according to Mozier, was when the girls took on Judge Memorial School, Sept. 19, at Rio Tinto Stadium. Judge was undefeated going into the match but the Silverwolves beat them, 2-1. “It was a really exciting game for the girls,” he said. “They worked really hard for the win and the venue was amazing so it was a really good game.”
Next year, Mozier plans to evaluate his team when all the girls come back but already knows he wants to focus more on conditioning earlier in the season. “Defensively we had some lapses and when we got into the important games, the girls found it difficult to score sometimes,” he said. “But they worked well together. It was a close group and everyone got along well and moved the ball well.”