The Cody girls soccer team was back in action after more than a week off for spring break, splitting its weekend road games.
Cody defeated Pinedale 5-0 Friday but suffered its first loss Saturday to Lander, 3-2.
“Lander was tough because they are a fast, physical team and we had a harder time making offense happen against them,” goalie Isabelle Radakovich said. “I think we were off our game the second half and it was still a really close game. It was good for us to have a team that showed us what we needed to work on. I’m excited for practice so we can fix some of those areas that weren’t our best.”
Lander 3, Cody 2
Against the Lady Tigers, the Fillies (3-1) started well and led 2-0 at the half after controlling possession for much of the first 40 minutes.
Autumn Wilson scored the first goal. Cody took control on the Lander side and moved the ball outside. A long pass from the 40 yard line was placed in front of the goal, with Wilson moving around the goalie for the score.
The second goal came from Jessa Lynn, who scored on a corner kick with a shot through traffic in front of the net.
“We played a great first half,” coach Marian Miears said. “We strung together lots of passes and had possession most of the half.”
It was a different story in the second half, as Cody came out flat and didn’t transition well. Lander took advantage and scored three goals to earn the win.
“With the hot weather and how fast they are, our midfielders and defense had a long game,” Radakovich said. “I’m super proud of how hard they worked, but with a team like that there’s bound to be a few mistakes, and they just happened to capitalize on them.”
Miears said it was good to play a competitive team early in the season.
“It gets us hungry for more and gives our practices a purpose,” she said. “We don’t like to lose and we will learn from it and work on the things that need to be worked on.”
Cody 5, Pinedale 0
Friday in Pinedale, the Fillies came out strong, with two shots off the posts in the first three minutes.
But then the Lady Wranglers reined things in.
“The first half Pinedale slowed the pace and we had to adjust to that,” Miears said.
Cody’s only goal in the first half came from Wilson. A shot went off the side post, leaving the net open. Wilson picked up the ball on the right side and her cross shot went over the keeper’s head.
In the second half Miears said the Fillies came out and played possession.
Cody’s second goal came from Emma Nieters, who moved around multiple defenders for a shot to the left corner past the goalie.
She scored again a little while later. Cody was first to a goal kick at midfield and moved the ball up to the 20 yard line. Nieters was waiting on the left side and her shot went past the goalie, who had come out to try and make the stop.
“In the second half we definitely came out with more speed and we were more intense,” she said. “It felt really good to score two goals, but the first goal I scored was probably my best goal because I had to beat a couple defenders and work hard to get to the goal so it felt rewarding that I made it.”
Torrie Schutzman scored on a penalty kick after a defender tripped her in the box.
The Fillies final goal was scored by Aspen Kalkowski, who picked it up at the 40 and moved up the right side around a defender and past another in front of the net for a shot past the goalie.
“I feel the first game against Pinedale we did really good and played like we should’ve,” Nieters said. “In the second game I definitely think after the first half we got lazy and stopped trying to be at the ball first, but now we know what we need to work on and it’s going to help us a lot.”
Cody hosts Mountain View on Saturday at 10 a.m. Friday’s match against Lyman has been postponed.