May 2, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterThe Wolverines beat Casper Natrona 4-2 Thursday on the soccer field.
Thursday's 4-2 win by the Riverton boys soccer team over Casper Natrona was big.
It was a Class 4-A West road win. It spoiled the Mustangs' senior night. And oh, by the way, coupled with Green River's 1-0 Thursday loss to Evanston, Riverton's big win vaulted the Wolverines into sole possession of first place in the conference.
Up next for Riverton (10-5, 6-1 Class 4-A West) is a 1 p.m. home match Saturday at Wolverine Field against the Casper Kelly Walsh Trojans, a team head coach Erly Cornejo believes is much better than its 2-5 league record.
If Riverton wins just one of its three remaining league games, or if Rock Springs loses one of its four remaining conference games, the Wolverines will lock up a first-round regional tournament bye and an automatic berth to the Class 4-A state tournament.
Riverton wasted no time Thursday jumping out to a 3-0 first half lead over NC (2-8-1, 2-5-1 Class 4-A West) at Cheney Alumni Field in Casper.
Tristan White scored two quick goals, the first was unassisted in the fifth minute and the second was after a Caleb Richmond header in the 22nd minute. White then assisted Keeton Zancanella in the 30th minute to give the Wolverines a comfortable cushion at intermission.
"I like playing on a senior night. There is a lot of inspiration in the game. Obviously we wanted to go in there and win, and they want to win even more on their senior night. You usually get everyone's best and it's good for the kids. They have to go on a roller coaster ride of emotions," Cornejo said.
Natrona battled back and crept close with two goals in the 49th and 52nd minute, but Scott Sowards took an assist from White and scored in the 71st minute which gave the Wolverines needed insurance and sealed the win.
"I love the attitude and that we won what turned out to be a close game. Natrona scored by crossing the ball, and I was a little frustrated with that because we talked about exactly that at halftime. After Natrona scored their second goal, they came flying in from everywhere, but our kids responded well. The kids were resilient," Cornejo said.
One possible downer for Riverton is the status of Wolverine defensive player Caleb Ogg, who left Thursday's match with a leg injury.
Saturday's game against KW at Wolverine Field is free for the public to attend.
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