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Tiger boys shut out Torrington

Mar 30, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Lander Tigers dominated Torrington 6-0 Saturday in front of the home soccer fans in the second game of the boys season.

Lander beat Rawlins 3-0 on the road Friday in the season opener.

The two wins now give Lander a 2-0 record in conference play.

"Rawlins pushed us a little harder," Lander boys soccer coach Dan Howlett said. "We were extremely dominant over Rawlins in the sense that we outshot them 30-4."

The three league teams will play later in the season to complete the home-and-away series.

"I think Rawlins has a few good soccer players, but they are just not in great shape yet," Howlett said. "Rawlins could be tougher down the road."

Howlett came away impressed at how Lander moved the ball in the two games.

Eli Lowham and Daniel Bolding are the two center midfielders for the Tigers.

"Eli and Daniel are pretty experienced," Howlett said. "They have played a lot together. They had really good coaching in the offseason. It makes them much easier to coach."

Lander is on spring break this week.

"We will do lot of conditioning over spring break," Howlett said. "Then, when we get all of our team here, we will start figuring out who our top 23 kids are that will go to Green River."

The Green River tournament is April 11-12.

"The Green River tournament is a monster one for us," Howlett said.

Lander plays two 60-minute games on the first day. On the second day, Lander competes in two 80-minute games.

"We will need a lot of players putting in a lot of quality minutes," Howlett said.

Lander 6, Torrington 0

Three minutes into to the match, Lander's Kyle Leemon scored for a quick start. Nate Linton had the assist on a perfect pass.

Leemon kept his hot streak going with a second goal just six minutes into the game. Casey Winger was credited with the assist.

Two minutes later, Leemon produced his third goal as Keaton Scott came up with the assist.

A year ago as a junior, Leemon tied for the most goals scored in the Class 3-A division.

"This is big," Howlett said, "when your big goal scorer puts together six goals in two conference games.

Howlett moved Leemon back to the center midfield position after the three early goals.

"Kyle has really good speed," Howlett said. "He has really nice touch on the ball. He works hard. He is a good defender. He can play anywhere on the field. He really tracks the ball down."

At the 15-minute mark, Nate Linton broke into the scoring department.

Eight minutes before half, Linton's teammate Daniel Bolding scored on an indirect kick.

In the final half, Shay Dehnert finished the scoring.

Lander 3, Rawlins 1

Leemon came up with the hat trick Friday against Rawlins, netting three goals.

The first came late in the first half.

Rawlins scored its only goal of the match two minutes later.

Leemon added two more goals for the three-goal cushion.

The match was played in windy and cold conditions.

"We had a lot of shots on goal," Howlett said.

In the past two years at Rawlins, Lander tied with its conference opponent and won once.

The match was played on the Rawlins football field.

"It's a tough place to play," Howlett said.

"A stretch the middle about 40 yards is the asphalt for the football team right next to the line. With the wind, the ball moves a lot. Rawlins will pack the box, then they will boot it long."

Abe Lowham made his first career start for the Tigers in goal. Lowham is a freshman.

"Abe didn't have to handle the ball much at all," Howlett said. "He made a couple of routine saves.

He came out really well. He took control of the ball that wasn't a save."

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