Mar 27, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterMoments after Riverton's Tuesday evening boys soccer match with the Kelly Walsh Trojans, RHS head coach Erly Cornejo gathered his players on the pitch and told his team they would have to work to get "the bad taste" out their systems.
And, he suggested that the team needs to rebound, work hard at practice Wednesday and get ready for second-ranked Gillette's Thursday visit to Wolverine Field.
It looked like Riverton had just lost its first Class 4-A West conference game of the season. Everybody was feeling the sting.
But the WOlverines hadn't lost. It's just that they didn't win.
After 100 minutes of soccer, Riverton and Kelly Walsh ended in a 0-0 tie in a match where the Wolverines (1-0-2, 0-0-1 Class 4-A West) outshot the Trojans 18-7 and, especially in the second half and overtime, dominated play.
Everyone, especially the coaching staff, thought this is one Riverton should have won.
"Their keeper made some saves. He's a good player. Our energy was good, especially in the second half, and I am happy about that" Cornejo said.
Kelly Walsh ended the first half with pressure against Riverton. KW's two corner kicks in the final two minutes of the first half were the best opportunities to score after opening the match with quick transition game with solid crosses to streaking forwards that put pressure on Riverton goalkeeper Michael Jones.
But Riverton made defensive adjustments.
"We started to pressure a little bit higher and didn't allow them to release that big ball," Cornejo said.
In the 59th minute, Riverton's Triston White broke free but couldn't beat Kelly Walsh keeper Brandon Neff. Three minutes later, Kade Salisbury's corner kick found Juan Buitrago, but the exchange student's header was wide wright.
Riverton kept the pressure on in regulation play, but Aaron Nirider's header in the 72nd minute couldn't find the goal. Neff made a great diving save of White's shot in the 77th minute.
Riverton survived a Kelly Walsh free kick from close range that went high as regulation play expired.
In overtime, White beat Neff again, but couldn't find the net. Dietrick Becker had two solid looks on goal, the second of which beat Neff but was cleared inches from the goal by the Trojan defense.
"I'm happy as long as we're getting better, and it seems like we are. We used the width better today and did a better job on the attack. Defensively we were awesome," Cornejo said.
Riverton's Thursday match with Gillette begins at 5 p.m. and follows junior varsity play.
Kelly Walsh 0 0 0 (OT) -- 0
Riverton 0 0 0 (OT) -- 0
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