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Lander soccer boys drop games to two top teams

Apr 15, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Victories over Worland 4-0 and Cheyenne South 4-2 lifted the Lander Tigers into the gold bracket Saturday at the Green River Invitational soccer tournament.

In the semifinals, Jackson took a 4-2 victory over the Tigers.

"We played very well against Jackson," Howlett said. "It was a game that was much more physical. It was a lot more intense game."

In the final match of the tournament, Green River edged Lander 2-1.

"Green River is a quick and very physical team," Howlett said.

Saturday's matches

In the semifinal game with Jackson, Lander had the early 1-0 lead on a goal from Nate Linton.

Jackson scored early on a set play in the second half to tie it at 1-1. Jackson went up 2-1 in the 49th minute.

Lander's Kyle Leemon scored a minute after that goal to deadlock the match at 2-2.

In the final 30 minutes, Jackson went up 3-2 on a penalty kick.

Jackson scored near the end of the match for the two-goal cushion.

After the loss, the Tigers went up 1-0 on Green River. Daniel Bolding put in the goal.

"Both teams were slowing down in the second half," Howlett said.

Early matches

Leemon scored the first two goals on Friday vs. Worland.

Daniel Lobera had a goal in the first win of the tournament.

In the two-goal victory over Cheyenne South, Leemon knocked in the first two goals. Bolding put in the third goal for the Tigers.

Leemon had his third goal of the match later on the second half.

South scored two goals on set plays when the Tigers had a lot of underclassmen on the field.

"We were in control both games," Howlett said. "They were two real nice games."

Homestand

The Tigers now play three straight home matches, starting Thursday night with Rawlins.

Start time is 5 p.m. Lander defeated Rawlins 3-1 earlier in the season.

The Tigers host Star Valley at 2 p.m. Saturday in a conference match.

Lander plays Class 4-A Riverton on Tuesday night at the Lander soccer field in the only meeting of the season between the two Fremont County schools.

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