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Riverton Escapes With 7-6 OT Win Over Juan Diego

Riverton - Juan Diego

The Riverton Silverwolves needed an overtime period to beat the dangerous Juan Diego Soaring Eagle on Tuesday, ultimately getting the win, 7-6.
Riverton scored first when Brooke Gray found the back of the net at the 23:17 mark. Juan Diego answered when Mara Gronseth got the goal to tie the game. Paige Rutledge answered for Riverton at the 17:18 mark but Juan Diego answered with two goals of their own, back-to-back, within 12 seconds of each other, to take a 3-2 lead. Nikki Thomas tied the game for Riverton at the 7:24 mark which would be the last goal of the first half, making it 3-3 at halftime.

Riverton - Juan Diego
Brooke Gray – c/o ShootingStar Photography
The second half was just as stingy with each team only scoring two goals. Rutledge starting things off for Riverton when Tess Campbell led a fast break and found Rutledge wide open behind the defense. The pass was tipped, but Rutledge caught the pass and buried it into the back of the net. Juan Diego answered when Hannah Edwards scored off a nice roll back spin at GLE, then dumped it in. Gronseth gave Juan Diego the lead when she dodged from the wing and hit the top shelf for the goal. Riverton would tie the game with 3 minutes left off a free-position goal scored by Rutledge. The Silverwolves had a chance to win it in regulation, but Juan Diego Goalie Alexis Womble came up big with a huge one-on-one stuff on the crease to keep the game tied.
In the first half of overtime, Katie Oka scored early for Riverton, capitalizing on a Juan Diego defensive mistake. Riverton added to their lead when Avree Frost circled the defense and found space on the left side, shooting and scoring. In the second half of overtime, Juan Diego pulled within one when Gronseth scored on a free-position opportunity. With just a minute left, Juan Diego was award a free-position opportunity, then another, then another. On the last one, the Riverton defenders were moved behind everyone the 8, so it was one-on-one, Gronseth v. Riverton Goalie Mikala Anderson. The whistle blew and Gronseth drove and shot high, but Anderson also went high and preserved the win for the Silverwolves who cleared and killed the clock.
“Every time she got one I just refocused and thought about the fundamentals,” said Anderson. “I’ve been studying Mara all season. I just trusted myself that I could do it.”
Anderson finished with 10 saves while Womble had 5. Riverton controlled 11 of 17 draws.
“That Alta game was a disappointment for us,” said Riverton Head Coach David Oka. “We’re a resilient team and we trust each other. We’re all about defense and that’s what won it for us today.”
Riverton will host Corner Canyon on Thursday. The Soaring Eagle will face Bingham on April 23.

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