May 3, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterAlthough the regular season is winding down for the Riverton High School boys and girls soccer teams, both sets of games this weekend are all about gaining momentum and improving seeding for next week's Class 4-A regional tournaments in Rock Springs for the boys and at Casper Kelly Walsh for the girls.
Riverton's girls will wrap up their regular season at home with games against Green River Friday at 6 p.m. and against Evanston Saturday at 1 p.m.
Girls final home matches
Saturday's match will be the Lady Wolverines' senior day. Alexis Oaks, Chasely Morgan, Marcia Ashdown, Cassity Haverkamp, Johanna Lohi and Megan Hambrick will be recognized.
Saturday's match also is the final home match for head coach Rick Bergstedt and his wife and assistant coach, Peggy Bergstedt. Rick Bergstedt is only coach the Riverton girls have had in their 26 seasons of varsity soccer.
Following Saturday's match, former players and parents will host a free cookout for Riverton's Lady Wolverines. Former players and their parents are invited to attend.
This weekend, the Lady Wolverines will be facing two teams they have already defeated this season. On the road earlier, Riverton beat Green River 3-2 and Evanston 6-1.
And, Riverton will attempt to rebound from a game they would rather forget -- Monday's 6-0 home loss to Casper Natrona.
"I think we were still hanging on to it a bit (Tuesday). Today we were over it and recognize that there is nothing we can do about it. Every once in awhile, we are capable of having that kind of game. Hopefully you learn some stuff from it that will help you down the road, and you move on," Rick Bergstedt said.
Riverton is ranked fourth in the Class 4-A West and would open against Rock Springs in a must-win game to qualify for the state tournament if the regional tournament were to start today. With wins this Friday and Saturday, and some help from Casper Natrona, Riverton could leapfrog Green River and Casper Kelly Walsh in conference standings and finish as high as second. That would secure an automatic pass to the state tournament.
Boys on the road
The RHS boys team also will match up against Green River and Evanston, but those games are on the road Friday and Saturday.
Earlier this year, Riverton's boys played Green River to a 0-0 tie and were defeated by Evanston 2-1, both at home.
The Green River match was especially frustrating to the Wolverines, according to senior midfielder Zach Zenk, and his teammates agreed.
"We dominated that entire match and ended up with a 0-0 tie. That was depressing," senior goalkeeper Logan Ridgway said.
If the regional tournament started today, Riverton would be the third seed in the Class 4-A West and would play Evanston in a loser-out match to qualify for the state tournament. But with two wins this weekend, and some help from Casper Natrona, Riverton could still move as high as second place and get an automatic berth to the state tournament.
Boys Class 4-A West standings
3 points for win, 1 for tie
Rock Springs 7-1, 21 points; 9-3-1, 28 points
Kelly Walsh 5-3-1, 16 points; 6-4-2, 20 points
Riverton 3-3-2, 11 points; 4-6-2, 14 points
Green River 3-3-2, 11 points; 3-6-2, 11 points
Natrona 2-4-1, 7 points; 2-9-1, 7 points
Evanston 1-5-2, 5 points; 2-8-2, 8 points
Girls Class 4-A West standings
3 points for win, 1 for tie
Natrona 7-1-1, 22 points; 8-3-1, 25 points
Kelly Walsh 6-3, 18 points; 7-5, 21 points
Green River 5-2-1, 16 points; 7-3-1, 22 points
Riverton 4-3-1, 13 points; 6-5-1, 19 points
Rock Springs 0-6-2, 2 points; 1-10-2, 5 points
Evanston 0-7-1, 1 point; 2-7-3, 9 points
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