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Tiger boys end regular season 13-3, make state

May 14, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Lander Tigers quickly jumped back on the boys soccer winning track with a 6-0 victory over Newcastle Saturday on the road.

Lander had lost to Jackson 2-0 last Tuesday in a battle of the top two teams in Class 3-A.

Lander left for the trip to Newcastle on Friday night, and the players had a spirited practice that evening at Casper Natrona.

In the junior varsity game, Lander downed Newcastle 7-3.

"The whole weekend was better than we thought," Lander coach Dan Howlett said. "Just going over to Newcastle is a long drive."

The Tigers completed the regular season at 13-3. The junior varsity team was 6-3-1.

Lander won the Class 3-A Southeast conference title, sweeping Rawlins and Torrington.

The four wins gave Lander a No. 1 seed for the state tournament. The Tigers won't have to play in the play-in qualifying match this weekend.

"We will probably run a little shorter practices," Howlett said. "We will work on set plays and conditioning."

Lander plays the winner of Star Valley-Newcastle in the opening round of the Class 3-A state tournament Thursday, May 22, in Jackson.

The qualifying match is played this Friday in Worland.

Lander 6, Newcastle 0

"We missed a couple pretty good opportunities early," Howlett said.

Lander scored 10 minutes into the match on a goal from Eli Lowham.

It was his first goal of the year.

"Eli doesn't shoot a lot," Howlett said.

The goal was from 25 yards out. Daniel Bolding had the assist.

"He just put it in the upper corner," Howlett said. "It was nice to have him score one. He is involved in the offense on assists."

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