Mar 24, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterRiverton was missing seven varsity players due to other school activities.
Playing without seven of its varsity starters, the Riverton Wolverine boys soccer team began its 2014 campaign with a 3-1 loss Friday evening to Sheridan at a chilly Wolverine Field.
Triston White scored Riverton's only goal, an at-the-time equalizer, with a 34-yard rip that tied the score at 1-1 in the 58th minute.
The Wolverines will stay at home Friday and Saturday as they host Worland and Rock Springs and should be at full strength for their next matches.
"I'm super excited. We got to play with a bunch of young kids, and they played with energy. Part of it was a surprise, but our practices have been intense," Riverton head coach Erly Cornejo said.
Sheridan's Dontae Crow scored the only goal of the first half off a corner kick in the 25th minute.
Riverton's Lars Becker almost tied the game early in the second half, but his shot was just high and was tipped by the Sheridan goalie. The ball wrapped in the net just on the top side of the post. Riverton was awarded a corner kick but could not convert.
Sheridan added its final two goals in the 64th minute and 77th minute. Evan Coon and Joe Shassetz were credited with the goals, and Crow had both assists.
"I really appreciated the leadership our older kids showed. They were teaching on the field," Cornejo said.
Through much of the match, Sheridan was able to use the width of the field to its advantage as Riverton's defense compressed to protect its goal.
Sheridan was to travel to Casper on Saturday to compete in the Casper Jamboree, but its games, scheduled to be played at Kelly Walsh High School, were canceled due to weather.
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