Apr 29, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorEverything is starting to click for Lander Valley High School in the final few weeks of the boys soccer season.
The Tigers blanked Cody 4-0 on Saturday after outlasting the Powell Panthers 5-2 Friday in the final homestand of the season.
Both wins were non-conference games.
"We played our best weekend," LVHS coach Dan Howlett said. "We played this well against Buffalo in a 2-1 loss in the last 30 seconds."
The win was the third shutout of the season for the Tigers. The shutouts were against Evanston (1-0) and Rawlins (5-0).
"I'm very pleased with the way we are playing," LVHS goalkeeper Marcus Vigil said. "At the start of the season, we put in a new defense and a new offense. The second half of the season has gone by really fast."
Vigil said this is the best defense the Tigers have played in the 2012 season.
"We didn't let any balls through against Cody," Vigil said. "We didn't let too many shots in."
LVHS ends the regular season on Tuesday playing at Jackson.
"We have been moving the ball around and keeping possession and not let balls over our head," Vigil said. "I have been pretty pleased with the last two games."
Jackson downed the Tigers 4-2 in a match played March 23 in Lander.
Lander 4, Cody 0
Before the match on Saturday had reached the midway point of the first half, Austin Roberts and Kyle Leemon had collected one goal apiece for a 2-0 lead.
Roberts scored again three minutes into the second half, and his teammate Derek Peil had the fourth goal for the final cushion.
Andres Arrendando and Noah Lowham controlled the center for LVHS. Midfielders Henry Austin and Eli Lowham were out this weekend with injuries.
"Andres and Noah have played really well for us," Howlett said.
Cody had an opportunity get on the scoreboard in the final minutes of the match when Vigil came on for a breakaway.
The Cody player made it past Vigil, but defender Dustin Clark kicked the ball away.
"Dustin saved me and kicked it off the line," Vigil said. "It was a really good play by Dustin.
The other defenders for the game with Cody were Daniel Bolding, Clark, Adam Arrendando, Casey Winger and Peil.
Bolding missed the match on Friday because of the red card he had in a 5-3 win at Rawlins.
On the play against the Outlaws, Bolding slide-tackled at the top of the box, successfully taking the ball away from the Rawlins player. Unfortunately, the Rawlins player tripped. The official ruled it as a "golden opportunity" to score and assessed the red card.
Lander 5, Powell 2
The Panthers took the early lead seven minutes into the game Friday night with the first goal.
Peil knotted the score at 1-1 later in the first half.
In the second half, Roberts scored on an assist from Trapper Lee three minutes in.
Roberts scored again eight minutes later on an assist from Leemon.
Leemon and Andres Arrendando finished the scoring for the three-goal victory in a dominating performance by Lander.
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