Apr 5, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterCASPER - Close counts in horseshoes. But not in soccer.
With a regenerated offensive attack, the Riverton Wolverines generated solid shots on goal but hit the post four times, three times in the second half, to fall short against the Casper Natrona Mustangs 3-2 Thursday evening in Casper at Cheney Alumni Field.
Tristan White had both goals for Riverton, the first in the second minute. After starting a run from the outside, White took a through ball from Kade Salisbury and gave the Wolverines an early lead.
But the Mustangs scored the next three goals in the match, answering first in the eighth minute and scoring twice in the second half. Casper Natrona scored again in the 55th minute and made the game-winning shot in the 64th minute on a rebound after RHS keeper Mike Jones made a nice save but could not hold on to the ball.
"We have plenty of time," RHS coach Erly Cornejo said after NC's third goal, and the Wolverines (1-2-2) amped up their offensive attack.
White scored his second goal in the 74th minute on a penalty kick after a Natrona player touched the ball with his hand in the penalty area to draw Riverton within one.
White nearly had the hat trick and equalizer moments later when Scot Sowards, just after hitting the post himself from a solid shot on frame, sent a nice ball forward, but White was flagged for being offsides on his run.
"I thought Tristan was on, I had the perfect view," Cornejo said of the close offsides call. "We played well. It's been an unlucky run for us more than anything. They did the things we asked them to do. We had high intensity throughout the game, pressured the ball up high and creating chances from different angles. We took a huge leap forward, we just didn't get the results."
Riverton has the rest of their spring break week off and will return to the pitch Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, with road games in Green River and Rock Springs.