Apr 30, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorDespite playing in miserable conditions, Kyle Leemon scored four goals for the Lander Tigers in a 4-2 boys soccer victory at the Class 4-A Casper Kelly Walsh Trojans on Tuesday night.
Leemon rocketed in two goals in the overtime period to clinch the victory for the Class 3-A Tigers.
The match was played at the Tom Staffelino Activities Complex.
"It was really cold," Lander coach Dan Howlett said. "We moved the game up because of the really wet snow. It was an excellent win for us."
Lander climbed to 10-2 on the season.
"We wanted to play Kelly Walsh because they had a big field," Howlett said. "The kids were excited about playing Kelly Walsh. They were a very good opponent."
The loss knocked the Trojans to 3-8.
"Kelly Walsh had a couple of wins against Evanston and Cheyenne East," Howlett said. "They were improving. They gave us a very good game."
Lander 4, Kelly Walsh 2
Leemon scored his first goal at the 15-minute mark of the game.
"Kyle played very well for us," Howlett said. "He got knocked down a few times. Kyle is just a real fast player. He just has a great touch."
Teammate Daniel Lobera had the assist on the play.
With four minutes left in the half, Kelly Walsh tied things up at 1-1.
Six minutes into the second half, Leemon made it a 2-1 score. The Trojans knotted the score at 2-2 eight minutes into the half.
Leemon scored his final two goals in the overtime period for the victory.
Howlett said freshman goalkeeper Abe Lowham stepped up his play against Kelly Walsh.
"His hands were so cold," Howlett said. "Those types of days are toughest on the goalie and the subs that go back and forth. He played very well in really cold weather."
The Tigers return home to face Powell on Friday night and Cody on Saturday afternoon.
"This will be a very interesting weekend for us," Howlett said.
Howlett believes the Tigers will probably play either one of the two Park County teams next month at the state tournament in Jackson.
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