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RHS soccer boys want to avenge early 1-0 loss to Rock Springs

Apr 19, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Every other game has been a challenge for the Riverton High School boys soccer team.

At least that's been the concern of RHS head coach Erly Cornejo and after a solid 4-1 drubbing of cross-county rival Lander on Tuesday, the Wolverines will now get ready for that "other" game.

Riverton will try to duplicate another solid performance when they travel to Rock Springs for a 5 p.m. Friday match against the Tigers.

It's the only game scheduled this weekend for Riverton.

Earlier this season in Riverton, the Wolverines fell to the Tigers 1-0 despite having several solid offensive opportunities during the match.

Rock Springs is 4-1 in the Class 4-A West conference, which makes Friday's opportunity for Riverton important. The Tigers were beaten on the road 1-0 by conference leader Casper Kelly Walsh.

By contrast, Riverton (2-5-2, 1-2-2 Class 4-A West) will be looking for a second conference win and will try to carry their newfound momentum to the pitch in Sweetwater County.

Against Lander, the Wolverines had "a lot of of first to the ball and anticipated what they were trying to do and jumped on it. We moved the ball well through the midfield," according to Cornejo.

Riverton's coaching staff believes the team missed a good chance for a conference win the first time the two teams played this year.

"We had so many chances, but we just didn't put them away. Now the focus will be on executing set pieces, playing wide, and switching the point of attack. We feel like we have covered most of what we want to cover.

Now it's execution and cleaning it up," Cornejo said.

Part of the focus on set pieces has involved personnel. Prior to the match with Lander, the Wolverines changed the positioning of senior midfielder Josh Wright on set pieces.

"On Monday we worked on corners. We moved Josh around and It paid off," Cornejo said. Wright scored twice against Lander, both on set plays.

Riverton expects a physical match Friday against Rock Springs but hopes to stay on the improvement trail.

"It's all part of the learning process. We need to play hard and make sure we have it all figured out by regionals," Cornejo said.

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