May 6, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterThe final regular season road trip for the Riverton Wolverines boys soccer team was a tough one, as both Green River and Evanston downed Riverton by 1-0 scores.
With the two losses, Riverton ends the season with a 3-5-2 Class 4-A West conference record and will be seeded fourth heading into Thursday's first-round conference tournament match in Rock Springs.
Riverton is projected to play Evanston according to RHS head coach Erly Cornejo and will need to beat the Red Devils to advance to next week's state tournament.
But it may be a tough first-round draw for Riverton. Evanston defeated the Wolverines 2-0 at home earlier this season but Cornejo actually looks at it as a positive first-round draw.
"I'm excited about it. It is tough to beat a team three times in a row. There will be a lot of pressure on them for that reason," Cornejo said.
Cornejo was upbeat about Friday's match and said his team, "actually played the best we have all season against Green River."
Green River scored off a corner kick in the second half'
"It was just a miscommunication between Ryan (Axthelm) and Logan (Ridgway), and somebody kicked it in. We outshot them by quite a bit," Cornejo said.
Riverton had ten shots from within the box according to Cornejo, but couldn't finish.
"It was the same story against Evanston," Cornejo said.
Overall, Riverton's final regular season record stands at 4-8-2.
Rock Springs and Casper Kelly Walsh have earned automatic bids to the state tournament by finishing first and second in the Class 4-A West conference.
Green River will battle last-place Casper Natrona in the other play-in game during Thursday's regional tournament.
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