Big second half sends RHS boys to victory

Apr 9, 2014 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The Riverton Wolverines boys soccer team erupted for four second-half goals to top Casper Kelly Walsh 4-1 Tuesday evening in Casper.

Playing under near-perfect conditions, Tristan White penetrated the Trojan defense and passed to Scott Sowards in the goalie box for the score and put Riverton (4-1, 3-0 Class 4-A West) on the board first in the 42nd minute.

Kelly Walsh's Seth Romsa tied the match at 1-1 in the 61st minute, but after that it was all Wolverines.

White, with an assist from Dietrick Becker, scored the game winner in the 64th minute, and Becker, off a long cross, and White each added late goals to provide insurance for the Wolverines.

"I thought we played pretty well, actually. There was a 20-minute spell where we sat back, defended and gave up possession. Even in those 20-minutes, the kids played hard. We controlled most of the game," Riverton head coach Erly Cornejo said.

With the win, Riverton remains perfect in the Class 4-A West and will battle conference contender Green River in an important match on the road Thursday. The Wolves are the only team in the Class 4-A West currently ranked in the top five in the latest media rankings.

The Wolverines will then stay in Green River, and compete in a 12-team tournament Friday and Saturday.

"The thing that the kids are starting to figure out is trust. How do we play off Tristan, and Tristan is figuring out how to play off others to give himself some better chances. We'll create some decent opportunities, but I think Green River will be tough to play against," Cornejo said.

After Thursday's match, Riverton will play Star Valley and Pinedale in pool play Friday and will challenge in bracket play Saturday.

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