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Tiger boys battle Rawlins to 1-1 tie on windy day

Mar 31, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Lander Valley High School scored in the final minute of regulation Thursday night at Rawlins in a conference boys soccer match, then the two squads went scoreless in the two 10-minute periods to settle for a 1-1 tie.

In the final minute of regulation, Lander's Eli Lowham had the ball on the outside.

Lowham passed it to the center, and Kyle Leemon beat the goalie for the score.

"It was probably our best chance to score," LVHS coach Dan Howlett said.

The LVHS Tigers entered the match as the second-ranked team in Class 3-A.

The Tigers are now 4-0-1 on the season. Rawlins stands at 3-2-1.

"The kids were just frustrated," Howlett said. "We went into overtime with Rawlins last year before we beat them."

LVHS is 2-0 in conference play in the Southeast league.

LVHS 1, Rawlins 1

"Rawlins is a real difficult place to play," Howlett said. "What they have is a football field that has a large crown on it. It's a narrow one. They can widen it. The grass is really short and dead."

Howlett it's very challenging to move the ball to the outside on the Rawlins field.

"Rawlins played to that strength," Howlett said. "We struggled because of it."

Rawlins scored in the 75th minute in the match played in strong wind.

"We had lots of opportunities to score," Howlett said. "The other team started to get more confidence. We started to get more frustrated."

Rawlins packed the box against the Tigers.

"When the ball came down, they just booted the ball as far as they could to get a counter attack," Howlett said.

Howlett said the score from Rawlins came when the ball was moved by the wind and away from LVHS goalkeeper Jess Oldham.

Oldham was credited with four saves in the match.

"Rawlins really didn't push us too hard," Howlett said.

The goalkeeper from Rawlins had 12 saves.

Howlett said LVHS had 11 corner kicks in the match.

"That was huge to have 11 corner kicks," Howlett said.

On the corner kicks, LVHS had five near misses.

"We had two just over the post," Howlett said. "On a good day or a lucky day, we would have gotten two or three of those. They just made it difficult."

After the goal was scored from Rawlins, LVHS kept the same type of pressure on the defense.

In the overtime periods, Howlett said LVHS dominated the possession.

LVHS had four more shots on goal.

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