Apr 18, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterThe boys and girls Riverton High School soccer teams competed Thursday, but neither managed to score.
The Gillette boys dominated Riverton 6-0 in Gillette, and the RHS girls lost 4-0, also to Gillette, on the home pitch at Wolverine Field.
Girls fall 4-0
The Lady Wolverines gave up two goals in each half to fall to Gillette 4-0 in a Class 4-A non-conference match play Thursday.
Katy Traverso scored first for Gillette in the 25th minute, and Lori Storie scored moments before halftime to give the Lady Camels a 2-0 lead at intermission.
"We gave up two goals in the first half that they didn't deserve," RHS head caoch Tanya Santee said. "We played well in the first half. They are disciplined, and we saw what it takes to play a team like them."
Sam Phillips and Traverso added second-half goals to seal the win for the Gillette girls.
"We need to have everyone on our team consider themselves as scorers," Santee said. "It is very important for us to have a good match against Evanston (this weekend). We need to get some rhythm. We do a lot of good things, we just need to do them more often."
Santee added that she appreciated the play from Cara Carper.
"She did what I asked her to do," Santee said.
The Lady Wolverines are currently 1-3 in Class 4-A West play.
Boys lineup change
Displeased with the performance from most of his starters early on in the Thursday game at Gillette, Riverton head coach Erly Cornejo benched eight players when the score was 1-0 and watched a primarily young Riverton Wolverine team give up three more goals in the first half. The second-ranked Gillette Camels went on to crush the Wolverines 6-0 in Class 4-A non-conference play.
"We didn't do the things we have been working on out of the gate, so we had to learn," Cornejo said. "We had to make some changes. Gillette was a really good team."
Cornejo said his team has been working on patience in possession, and shortening the field. When his players didn't do that, Cornejo made quick changes.
He said he returned some starters to the field later in the game, and they "played better."
"Gillette had some great shots and played well," Cornejo said. "I think we can play with anybody still. We have so many bright moments that are just moments. We need to play consistent."
Riverton will work to regroup against Evanston this weekend. The Evanston team has yet to win a conference game this year.
"I think getting spanked is healthy," Cornejo said. "And I think the character of this team will now be determined after the game yesterday. We had some good discussions on the bus on the way home (from Gillette)."
Riverton is sitting in second place in the Class 4-A West with a 3-1 league record as conference play resumes Saturday.
Both Riverton teams resume Class 4-A West play this weekend against Evanston.
The Lady Wolverines will play two hours earlier than originally scheduled. Their varsity game will begin at 11 a.m. at Wolverine Field. The boys, originally scheduled to travel to Evanston, will also be at home Saturday, and their varsity game will follow the girls match at approximately 1 p.m., also at Wolverine Field.
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