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Red-hot Tiger boys win three straight

May 5, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Three more victories were produced during the week by the Lander Tigers on the soccer field.

The Tigers ended the busy stretch on Saturday in a 3-1 win over Cody in Lander.

The Tigers trounced Powell 6-1 on Friday night in front of the home crowd after outlasting Casper Kelly Walsh 4-2 in overtime Tuesday night in Casper.

The KW 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 will host Jackson at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Lander soccer field in a match between two of the top teams this year in Class 3-A.

Lander 3, Cody 1

(Saturday)

Cody shocked Lander's defense in the first five minutes with a sudden goal on Saturday afternoon.

"The goal came on a free kick and the ball just took a weird bounce," Howlett said.

The goal was scored on Lander goalkeeper Abe Lowham.

"The ball bounced a lot higher than he thought," Howlett said.

Lander's Daniel Bolding deadlocked the score at 1-1 early in the first half. With 15 minutes left in the half, Daniel Lobera scored. Kyle Leemon had the assist.

Lobera scored again in the second half for the victory. Bolding had the assist for Lander's attack.

The score could have been worse, but Lander hit the post six times in the two-goal victory.

Lander 6, Powell 1

(Friday)

Corner kicks proved to be a huge weapon for Lander on Friday night against the Panthers.

The Tigers scored on their first three corner kicks of the match.

"It seemed liked everything went in against Powell," Howlett said.

Eight minutes into the first half, Kyle Leemon scored off a Bolding corner kick.

Lobera knocked one in on another Bolding corner kick. At the 13-minute mark, Leemon put in a goal on a header.

Bolding was credited with another assist.

Nate Linton put Lander up 4-0 in the 24th minute. The goal came on a Leemon cross.

Lander 4, Kelly Walsh 2

(Tuesday night)

Leemon scored his first goal in the 15th minute of the game.

"Kyle played very well for us," Howlett said. "He got knocked down a few times. Kyle is a real fast player. He just has a great touch."

Lobera had the assist on the play.

With four minutes left in the half, Kelly Walsh tied thing up at 1-1.

Six minutes into the second half, Leemon made it a 2-1 score. The Trojans tied 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 Lowham stepped up his play against Kelly Walsh.

"His hands were so cold," Howlett said. "Those type of days are toughest on the goalie and the subs that go back and forth. He played very well in really cold weather."

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