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At full strength, RHS boys dominate Worland and RS
Mar 30, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
he Rock Springs win has Riverton off in a 1-0 start in the Class 4-A West conference.
With nearly all of its players back on the pitch after missing their opening soccer match a week ago with other school activities, the Riverton Wolverines boys soccer team notched two wins in games against Worland and Rock Springs Friday and Saturday.
On the road Friday in Washakie County, the Wolverines dominated Class 3-A Worland 5-1. Riverton beat Rock Springs 3-0 Saturday at home.
Junior Tristan White scored three goals, and freshmen Slade Becker and Jason Thoren each scored to power the Wolverines to an easy win Friday.
"We scored three goals in the first half but actually played better in the second half," Riverton head coach Erly Cornejo said.
Saturday, fullback Caleb Ogg launched a free kick in the 10th minutes from 45 yards to give Riverton a quick 1-0 lead against the Rock Springs Tigers.
After Riverton dominated the first half, Rock Springs, with the wind at its back, upped pressure early in the second half and nearly scored off a corner kick in the 53rd minute, but fullback Reed Campbell cleared the ball that had slipped behind keeper Ty Woodward.
"There was a five-minute stretch at the start of the second half where we kind of dropped back, but we had switched systems. We did a good job keeping the pressure on. Defensively, we played awesome. We made play predictable on how we defended and communicated, and we shifted well," Cornejo said.
The Wolverines added insurance in the 67th minute when White took a free kick from Ogg and beat the Rock Springs keeper. Three minutes later, Ryan Axthelm cut to his left in traffic and fired Riverton's third goal.
Woodward made a leaping punch of the ball off a Rock Springs corner kick in the 72nd minute to preserve the shutout and Riverton's 3-0 win.
"We want to continue to create 2-v-1 situations. Hopefully we can get better. Our goals today came off set pieces or were unassisted. We want to create assists," Cornejo said.
With the two wins, the Wolverines are 2-1 on the season and, more importantly, 1-0 in conference play. Riverton will take Monday off before resuming practice Tuesday and preparing for Friday's home conference match against Casper Natrona.