Apr 12, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterIt's back to the pitch for the Riverton High School boys and girls soccer teams after a 10-day holiday. Both teams are set to battle Class 4-A West conference opponents Green River and Evanston this Friday and Saturday.
The boys (1-4-1, 1-1-1 Class 4-A West) will be home for both matches at Wolverine Field, while the girls (1-4-1, 0-2-1 4A West) will travel for their two matches.
Boys at home
The boys host Green River at 6 p.m. Friday. Both Riverton and Green River are just outside of the top five in the most current statewide Class 4-A soccer poll.
"We've been lively after break. I think (this weekend) is very important. It is more important that we are moving forward. The only game that we have won, we put two halves and an overtime together. That is going to be the focus this week, to put two halves together," RHS boys head coach Erly Cornejo said.
The Wolverines will try to contain Green River's Colter Hamel, who has scored four of his team's five goals this season.
Only Cheyenne South has scored fewer goals (2) than the Wolverines (4) or Green River (5) according to statewide stats through April 8. Sheridan, with 22 goals scored, and Laramie with 16 lead Wyoming Class 4-A teams.
Cornejo will make some changes with his defensive personnel to stiffen up the Wolverine D. That should allow Riverton to push more more players forward to help with the offensive attack, Cornejo said.
"I think our ceiling is pretty high. We have done some good things in practice this week," Cornejo said.
Cornejo added that this version of Evanston's team that Riverton hosts at 1 p.m. on Saturday will be one of the better Red Devil teams Riverton has ever seen.
Girls on the road
Coach Rick Bergstedt's team will travel to Green River for a 5 p.m. game Friday and on to Evanston at 1 p.m. Saturday.
"The most important thing is that we maintain a positive attitude and get better. We have had a good three days of practice. I think we are ready," head coach Rick Bergstedt said.
Bergstedt said that Green River has four or five really good players.
"They play very direct. You don't want them to lob balls in the penalty area. They are pretty good in the air and are pretty strong," Bergstedt said.
Riverton will look to stop two of the state's top five scorers in Green River's Tayliann Cutler, who has scored eight goals, and Morgan Wyant, who has netted seven according to state statistics through games played April 8.
"We are a little more aware and have a clearer idea of what we are to be doing defensively. We have also begin to figure out that the more movement we have on offense, when we're moving better we are a more effective attacking team," Bergstedt said.
Riverton's defense will have to be in top form. Green River has already tallied 30 goals this season and has a plus-25 goal differential, both the second-most in Class 4-A.
Bergstedt doesn't know much about Evanston who Riverton will play Saturday.
"One thing I do feel more comfortable about is that I think we can go a little deeper in our roster than we have in the past and not drop off very much. That helps," Bergstedt said.
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