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In 3-A soccer showdown, Jackson beats Tiger boys

May 7, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Jackson entered its boys Class 3-A soccer match against Lander focused on slowing down Lander forward Kyle Leemon.

The plan worked, as Jackson blanked the Tigers 2-0 on Tuesday night at the Lander soccer field.

Jackson is the No. 1 team in Class 3-A, and the Tigers are No. 2.

Leemon has scored a Class 3-A best 28 goals on the season.

"I was very impressed with our defense," Jackson coach Tom Bresneham said. "Lander had been putting up a lot of goals, especially Kyle Leemon."

Jackson defender Danny Becerra kept an eye on Leemon the entire match.

"Our sweeper gave help to Danny when he needed to," Bresneham said. "We were able to get lucky with a couple of bounces and a couple of goals."

Both goals from Jackson came in the first half.

The win completed the season sweep for the top-ranked team in the classification.

"We got a little anxious at times," Lander coach Dan Howlett said. "We didn't play our normal game, but we have now already played them twice."

The match was finished in a light rain in the second half.

"Everybody was nervous about the lightning," Howlett said. "The wind went into the same goal the whole time."

Jackson defeated Lander 4-2 earlier in a match in a two-day tournament at Green River.

The Class 3-A state tournament is in a couple of weeks in Jackson.

"We will be seeing Lander again," Bresneham said. "They are one of the top teams in the state. "It's always good to get another game in against them."

Lander ends the regular season on Saturday by making the trip to play Newcastle.

"We will work now on conditioning and set plays," Howlett said. "We will try to keep them healthy and go from there."

The Lander seniors have finals on Thursday in the classroom.

"We want to get those guys under control," Howlett said.

Jackson 2, Lander 0

Jackson went up 1-0 when the Broncs attacked Lander's defense and kicked one in on a cross into the middle with 10 minutes left in the half. Juan Morrilon had the goal for the visiting team.

The second goal of the match came on a free kick three minutes later. Jackson's Will Horstman was given credit for the second goal.

"Typically goals come within two minutes one side or the other," Howlett said.

"Seventy percent of the time they come off set plays, so getting set plays is very important. They weren't great goals. "

Lander came up with nine goal kicks against Jackson's defense.

"We need to work on our corner kicks," Howlett said.

Two of those came late in the second half, but Jackson's goalkeeper came up with the saves to keep it a scoreless match.

"We had corner kick after corner kick," Howlett said. "We were on the attack. If we can attack them and force them to kick it out of bounds, then we get a set play."

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