Tigers run early soccer mark to 4-0 with rout of Torrington

Mar 26, 2013 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The hardest part for members of the Lander Valley High School boys soccer team turned out to be the trip to Torrington on Saturday.

After seeing its bus break down in Casper, the LVHS Tigers scored six straight goals for a 7-1 victory over Torrington. LVHS is now 4-0 on the season.

The LVHS girls picked up the LVHS boys in Casper to get the Tigers on to the match.

"It was a wild ride to Torrington," LVHS coach Dan Howlett said. "We got part way and we find out there wasn't any junior varsity games."

LVHS plays at Rawlins Thursday in another conference game.

"The nice part about it is that it's not going to be as cold," Howlett said. "I'm very anxious to see our junior varsity play."

The Tigers go on spring break after the match vs. the Outlaws.

"I'm glad that we have another game," Howlett said. "We will still train. The ones that are here will work to get into better shape."

LVHS 7, Torrington 1

With 14 minutes gone in the first period, Kyle Leemon scored first for the Tigers.

"The first 20 minutes, the wind was blowing into our defense," Howlett said. "It was anywhere from 10 to 15 miles per hour."

Two minutes later, Torrington knotted the score at 1-1.

"Defensively, we didn't settle things down," Howlett said. "They just looked like they were a little nervous. It was just a great strike by Torrington to score. It was a perfectly placed ball. It's one of those that you are going to have a hard time stopping."

Midway through the first half, the Tigers settled down to take control of the match.

Eli Lowham broke the scoreless tie to make it 2-1.

"We pulled those forwards out to give them a rest at the 30-minute mark," Howlett said.

Kyle LaTorre scored for a two-goal advantage. Josiah Malesic had the goal right before halftime for LVHS.

LVHS put the match away early in the second half with three goals in span of 11 minutes.

Lowham, Kyle and Nesto Leemon each scored a goal.

"We had the wind behind us," Howlett said. "We just took it to them."

With the six-goal lead, Howlett told his players to move the ball around.

"It wasn't going to do us or them any good to pour it on," Howlett said. "The kids were pretty classy about it."

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