Apr 22, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorIn front of its home fans, Torrington scored four unanswered goals to surprise Lander Valley High School 4-2 in overtime Friday night in a Class 3-A Southeast conference boys soccer match.
The Tigers rebounded on Saturday for a 4-1 victory in a non-conference match in Newcastle.
"Torrington has seven or eight seniors," LVHS coach Dan Howlett said. "We are a very young team right now because we are missing so many kids. Torrington was quick. Torrington is playing well right now. It just didn't happen for us."
The loss to Torrington leaves the Tigers with a 2-1 record in league play.
"The weekend went from extremely frustrating to really happy with our young kids playing well," Howlett said.
Torrington also has a 2-1 mark.
"The game with Newcastle was a must-win because Torrington had already beaten Newcastle on the road," Howlett said.
LVHS plays at Rawlins on Monday in a must-win conference match."If we (Torrington and Lander) both beat Rawlins then we are both 3-1," Howlett said. "Then it will come down to how you did against quality teams and they have to be at the same site. If we both beat Rawlins then it will come down to goals against."
Torrington 4, LVHS 2
The Tigers took a quick 2-0 lead as Trapper Lee and Kyle Leemon had goals. Noah Lowham had the assists.
Torrington put in two goals in the second half to force two 10-minute overtime periods.
"We had a lot of different kids in different positions," Howlett said. "Things just didn't go well."
In the overtime periods, Torrington recorded two more goals and held LVHS scoreless.
"Torrington made one great goal in the second half," Howlett said. "We bounced one off the post in overtime. We missed a lot of good chances. It was one of those frustrating games."
LVHS 4, Newcastle 1
Lander's Casey Winger put in two goals for the Tigers. Howlett said they were both on set plays.
"Casey is playing well for us right now," Howlett said. "Torrington is much more physical and a better team than Newcastle."
Micah Whiting scored the third goal for the Tigers. Andres Arrendando had the assist.
"Micah doesn't play much varsity for us," Howlett said. "Micah played a lot against Newcastle."
Leemon had a goal late in the match for the three-goal victory. David Luck produced the assist.
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