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RHS soccer squads face Casper schools in critical weekend

RHS soccer squads face Casper schools in critical weekend

Apr 26, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

With two weekends of conference games still to play prior to their regional tournaments, both the Riverton High School boys and girls soccer teams will be on the pitch with important matches this weekend against Casper Natrona and Casper Kelly Walsh.

The Lady Wolverines will be at home Friday for a 6 p.m. varsity start at Wolverine Field while the boys will travel to Casper Natrona for a 6 p.m. match at Dick Cheney Alumni Stadium.

Saturday, the RHS boys team will celebrate its senior day with an early 10:30 a.m. varsity start, while the girls will travel to Casper for a 1 p.m. match at the new artificial surface soccer complex at Kelly Walsh High School.

Girls still in title hunt

With four games left to play on their Class 4-A West conference schedule, Riverton is in the thick of the 4-A West race with a 3-2-1 record and can make up ground on the conference leaders. Natrona (5-1-1) and Kelly Walsh (5-2) are in first and second place, while Green River (4-2-1) is in third, but all of the top three teams have played one more conference game than fourth-place Riverton.

Both of Riverton's conference losses were to the two teams on this weekend's schedule. Earlier this year, NC downed Riverton 4-1 and Kelly Walsh shut out the Lady Wolverines 3-0.

"I expect more of our kids than (a fourth-place finish)," Lady Wolverine head coach Rick Bergstedt said." We can finish anywhere from first to fourth. I think we are better defensively and shouldn't give up as many opportunities.

"The Natrona game was 2-1 until the last few minutes of the match. I think we are more solid and more organized than the last times we played Kelly Walsh and Natrona."

Senior boys

Two wins this weekend could have the Wolverines vaulting from fifth to as high as third place in the West 4-A boys conference standings.

Riverton has a 1-3-2 West 4-A Conference record and is in fifth place behind Kelly Walsh (5-1-1), Rock Springs (5-1), Green River (2-3-2) and Natrona (2-4-1). Evanston (1-4-2) trials the conference standings.

Seniors Zach Zenk, Shayden Coulsen, Josh Wright and Logan Ridgeway will all be recognized prior to the early 10:30 a.m. start on Saturday at Wolverine Field. It will be the last home match for the Riverton seniors.

Exchange student Jon Roldan also will be recognized.

Earlier this year, Riverton dominated its match against Casper Natrona, just missing on several offensive chances before surviving with 2-1 home overtime win. The Wolverines scored first in overtime, but gave up a late penalty kick to settle for a 1-1 tie against Kelly Walsh earlier this year.

Girls Class 4-A West standings

3 points for win, 1 for tie

(conference, overall)

Natrona 5-1-1, 16 points; 6-3-1, 19 points

Kelly Walsh 5-2, 15 points; 6-4, 18 points

Green River 4-2-1, 13 points; 6-3-1, 19 points

Riverton 3-2-1, 10 points; 5-4-1, 16 points

Rock Springs 0-4-2, 2 points; 1-8-2, 5 points

Evanston 0-6-1, 1 point; 2-6-3, 9 points

Girls Class 4-A East standings

3 points for win, 1 for tie

(conference, overall)

Sheridan 6-1, 18 points; 11-1, 33 points

Gillette 4-3, 12 points; 8-3, 24 points

Centra 3-2-1, 10 points; 6-3-1, 19 points

Laramie 3-3-1, 10 points; 4-3-1, 13 points

East 3-3, 9 points; 7-3, 21 points

South 0-7, 0 points; 2-8, 6 points

Boys Class 4-A West standings

3 points for win, 1 for tie

(conference, overall)

Kelly Walsh 5-1-1, 16 points; 6-2-2, 20 points

Rock Springs 5-1, 15 points; 7-3-1, 22 points

Green River 2-3-2, 8 points; 2-6-2, 8 points

Natrona 2-4-1, 7 points; 2-7-1, 7 points

Riverton 1-3-2, 5 points; 2-6-2, 8 points

Evanston 1-4-2, 5 points; 2-7-2, 8 points

Boys Class 4-A East standings

3 points for win, 1 for tie

(conference, overall)

Sheridan 5-2, 15 points; 9-2-1, 28 points

Laramie 5-2, 15 points; 7-2, 21 points

Central 4-2, 12 points; 7-3, 21 points

East 3-3, 9 points; 5-5, 15 points

Gillette 3-4, 9 points; 5-6, 15 points

South 0-7, 0 points; 0-9, 0 points

-- Standings courtesy of wyopreps.com

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