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RHS boys earn first Class 4-A West win

Apr 14, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The Riverton boys soccer team gave up three first half goals en route to a 4-1 setback against the Green River Wolves on Friday in Green River, but the players responded with their best soccer of the season Saturday, gaining their first Class 4-A West win at Evanston.

The Wolverines won 2-1 over the Red Devils.

Next on the pitch for Riverton will be a home match against cross-county rival Lander on Tuesday at the grass fields north of the James H. Moore Career Center. Varsity action is set for 6 p.m.

The Tigers are ranked third in Class 3-A statewide media polling. Riverton is not ranked in Class 4-A polls.

"I think it is an important match," said RHS boys head coach Erly Cornejo. "We have had good matches few and far between. This will be the third match this season that we have had everybody, and it is important that we play well as a team. It's Lander. It's a game that you always want to win. Lander will be a good team. We saw them in the indoor season, and they have good players. It will be a good test for us."

Tristan White scored Riverton's only goal in the 70th minute at Green River while Logan Hartbank scored both Wolverine goals Saturday at Evanston. Hartbank got Riverton on the board first in the 13th minute. Evanston tied the game at 1-1 in the 62nd minute, but Hartbank answered in the 64th minute to give Riverton the win in tough weather conditions.

"We had several good chances today while they just had the one through ball that they finished," Cornejo said. "We played our best soccer of the season today against an improved Evanston team."

Juan Buitrago had two assists on the weekend, and White also had an assist Saturday.

The Red Devils are ahead of Riverton with two Class 4-A West conference wins.

"Any game was better than our game Friday. We were just bad and weren't good mentally," Cornejo said. "But I thought the kids responded really well (Saturday). I'm very encouraged after today's match. A lot of kids were involved in the attack; we attacked from many different angles and defensively we were strong."

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