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Lander teams sweep Douglas in soccer
Casey Winger and her Lander teammates topped Douglas 2-1 Friday. Photo by Bruce Tippets

Lander teams sweep Douglas in soccer

Apr 15, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Lander Valley High School swept Douglas in a pair of non-conference soccer matches Friday.

The Tiger girls edged Douglas 2-1 in front of home fans while the boys picked up a 3-1 victory on the road.

The two matches came during the Tigers' spring break, and both teams were missing players because of the time off.

"Douglas had more seniors and juniors playing than we did," said LVHS boys coach Dan Howlett. "Douglas is a new program. They have a real nice field. They will be an upcoming program because they are a good sports school."

Riverton match Tuesday

LVHS will host Riverton in a doubleheader Tuesday. The match will be the only meeting of the year between the two Fremont County schools. Riverton is playing in Class 4-A this year, and the Tigers are in the 3-A ranks.

"We are looking forward to playing Riverton," Howlett said.

"We are in a long stretch of games. We will hopefully get most of our kids back. We weren't able to play a junior varsity game this week and we won't be able to play them next week because of band and choir. ... We just have to get them practicing again for the second half of the season."

LVHS girls 2, Douglas 1

Douglas came in and surprised LVHS during the match Friday. Douglas played solid defense for most of the 80 minutes and kept the game within reach until the final few minutes.

LVHS forward Taylor Meeks put in a goal in the first half, and Ella Welsh provided the game-winning goal in the second half.

Goalie Ashley Von Rein was credited with the win for the Tigers. The senior allowed one score in 80 minutes of work.

LVHS boys 3, Douglas 1

The Tigers put together a 2-0 lead after the first 40 minutes of play. Kyle Leemon and Nate Linton both recorded goals for the visiting squad. Henry Austin and Trapper Lee both had the assists.

In the second half, Derek Peil scored with three minutes left in regulation on a cross from Austin on a corner kick.

"We had three beautiful goals," Howlett said. "They weren't sloppy goals."

Douglas avoided the shutout by scoring with a few seconds left in regulation.

"That was a little disappointing," Howlett said.

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