Apr 19, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterAfter a sub-par performance Thursday at Gillette, the Riverton Wolverines boys soccer team bounced back, got a quick goal at the start of the second half, and one more late, to beat the Evanston Red Devils 2-0 Saturday at Wolverine Field.
Riverton's Class 4-A West record is 4-1 after the first round of conference play while Evanston remains winless in league play at 0-4.
"I thought the boys responded great today after what happened last Thursday," RHS head coach Erly Cornejo said.
Neither team scored in the first half, but just after halftime, senior Marcus Morrison gave Riverton its first goal and the lead for good.
"Tristan (White) played the ball wide to Ryan Axthelm who overlapped and sent in to Marcus who had a great volley," Cornejo said.
The Wolverines defended against Evanston's long ball style of play, especially late in the match after the Red Devils became frustrated with Riverton's defense, Cornejo said.
White, the state's leading scorer, gave Scot Sowards a perfect ball to give Riverton insurance in the 74th minute.
"It was a great finish by Scot to the far post," Cornejo said.
The Wolverines will travel to cross-county Class 3-A rival Lander on Tuesday for a varsity match that is scheduled for 6 p.m., the same time as the Riverton vs. Lander girls varsity game, according to the Riverton High School activities office.
"It is a great rivalry, and we want to keep the trophy," Cornejo said. "Lander will play similar to how Laramie plays. If we have to go though Laramie later in the season, this will be a good opportunity for us to learn. It's a question of if we can be disciplined and patient."
Last year, weather canceled the Riverton vs. Lander soccer game.
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