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RHS coming off losses to play Casper Natrona

Apr 3, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Although most Riverton High School students are on spring break, the RHS boys and girls soccer teams have been on the pitch and are set to play Thursday.

The girls will host the Casper Natrona Fillies, and varsity game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. though the game could be played as early as 4 p.m. at Wolverine Field. Riverton's junior varsity numbers could force the Wolverines to play the varsity contest first, according to Riverton girls head coach Tanya Santee.

The Fillies are 3-1-1 in the early season and will be a tough test for Riverton (1-2-1) in what is an important Class 4-A West conference match.

Riverton is coming off two consecutive shutout losses to Kelly Walsh and Gillette.

"Obviously this game is important for the girls' sake," Santee said. "We need to come out and play more solidly the whole game, clean up and make fewer mistakes. I anticipate (Casper Natrona) being better than Gillette, but we tend to play well against (Casper Natrona)."

The RHS boys (1-1-2) will try and rebound from their first loss of the season in their Class 4-A West road game at Casper Natrona (1-4). Game time is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Cheney Alumni Field.

While Riverton has scored more goals (5) than they have given up this season (4), the Mustangs have a -7 goal differential, scoring two goals but giving up nine.

"I don't know what to think of them, but I don't know what to think about us either," said Riverton boys head coach Early Cornejo. "It's still way early in the year."

Although the coaching staff was disappointed with Riverton's play in their last game, a 1-0 loss to non-conference Gillette, this week may be a great time for the Wolverines to get back on the winning track.

"We're all on the same page," Cornejo said. "We've been frustrated with the slow starts, but the kids' attitudes have been great, and we have had good practices this week. They want to be somebody different from what they have been, and I'm excited for Thursday."

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