Apr 21, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorSix different Lander Valley High School boys soccer players scored to blank Newcastle 6-0 Saturday afternoon in Lander.
The victory was the home opener for the LVHS Tigers.
Last month, the Tigers were scheduled to play Jackson at home but a blizzard postponed the showdown.
LVHS officials also postponed the Torrington match scheduled for Lander on Friday because of snowy fields.
"We played well against Newcastle," LVHS coach Dan Howlett said.
"We played 21 kids. At the end, we had all but maybe three starters on the field. They did some really good things."
LVHS is 6-1-1 on the season. The only setback was to Buffalo last week on the road. Newcastle dropped to 0-6.
"These games can be kind of tough because you were telling them to have possession instead of scoring at the end," Howlett said. "
The Tigers should get tested on the soccer fields this week with a pair of home matches back to back.
Lander plays at 5 p.m. Monday in a conference match vs. the Rawlins Outlaws.
The Outlaws and the Tigers tied 1-1 in the first meeting.
"I told the kids that we have a major game on Monday," Howlett said.
"If we win, then we are pretty much No. 1 seed from our conference."
Rawlins, Torrington and LVHS make up the Class 3-A Southeast conference.
The winner of the league will receive a No. 1 seed for the state tournament and won't be forced to play in a play-in match after the regular season has finished.
"We just need to move the ball to the outside with Rawlins," Howlett said.
"If you take the ball outside and then into the middle, then it opens things up."
LVHS plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Jackson in Lander. Jackson is the defending Class 3-A champion. Jackson is undefeated on the season and a favorite to win the title again this year.
"Jackson doesn't give up many goals," Howlett said. "That is good competition."
Lander 6, Newcastle 0
Noah Lowham opened the scoring for home squad 13 minutes into the match on a kick that went past the Newcastle goalkeeper.
Teammate Jordan Crane added the second goal three minutes later for a 2-0 lead.
Josiah Malesic beat Newcastle's defense as the firepower continued for the Tigers.
Kyle Leemon scored in the final minute of the match on a bullet shot to extend advantage to 4-0.
Leemon has scored in every match for the Tigers this season. Leemon is one of the top Class 3-A scoring forwards in the state.
"Kyle was passing up shots in the second half," Howlett said.
Trapper Lee and Nesto Lowham finished the scoring in the final 40 minutes.
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