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Wolverines stay in race for West 4-A soccer title

Apr 28, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The Riverton Wolverines boys soccer team completed a Class 4-A league sweep over Rock Springs with a 3-2 win Friday on the road in Sweetwater County.

The Wolverines, with the win, up their conference record to 5-1, and remain within striking distance of Class 4-A West conference leader Green River, which is a perfect 6-0 after destroying Casper Natrona 6-0 Friday.

The Wolverines' overall record is 9-5 this season.

Scot Sowards put Riverton on the board first against Rock Springs after he took an assist from Tristan White to give Riverton a 1-0 halftime lead.

"We came out a little slow, but then played really well. Our focus has been on stretching the field wide, and for the most part we did that today," Riverton head coach Early Cornejo said.

Rock Springs tied the match early in the second half, but Wolverine Dietrik Becker responded with the first of his two second-half goals when he "hit a great free kick," according to Cornejo.

Becker added his second goal after defender Lars Becker took the ball away from a Rock Springs attacker, dribbled through three Tiger defenders, passed to White, who found Becker for the insurance goal.

Becker almost had a hat trick, but his late-game free kick struck the post. Rock Springs added a late goal to make the final 3-2.

"Our keeper, Ty Woodward, played amazing. He went up for crosses all day and hung on. He also had one incredible save that he punched over the goal," Cornejo said.

The Wolverines travel to Natrona County High School in Casper on Thursday before re-turning to Wolverine Field for a Saturday match against Casper Kelly Walsh.

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