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Hat trick for Hartbank in 4-0 RHS win
Riverton goal keeper Michael Jones made a save as he was swarmed by Casper Natrona players during a free kick. Photos by Wayne Nicholls

Hat trick for Hartbank in 4-0 RHS win

Apr 26, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The Wolverines boys moved into a second-place tie in the Class 4-A West soccer conference.

Playing against an overly aggressive defense, the Riverton Wolverines boys soccer team won its third straight Class 4-A West match with a dominating 4-0 revenge win Thursday over the Casper Natrona Mustangs.

Junior striker Logan Hartbank scored once in the first half and twice in the second half to pace Riverton (4-3-2, 3-2-1, 10 points Class 4-A West). Juan Buitrago also scored for Riverton on its home field.

"This game was fun to watch. Logan played with quite a bit of confidence today," RHS head coach Erly Cornejo said.

Because Natrona tried to play a trapping defense, where the defensive backs stay high and try force opposing players into and offside position, the Wolverines, with superior attacking speed from Hartbank, Buitrago and Tristan White, were able to take advantage.

"They gave us a lot of room to run behind. I thought they would make adjustments in the second half, but they never did. Our kids touched some really good balls. We had a ton of opportunities," Cornejo said.

The Wolverines travel to Casper Kelly Walsh Saturday and try to make it four straight conference wins. The varsity match is set for 1 p.m.

"Today we also did a good job (defensively) taking away their strength. They try to go to the middle then up the line. We are getting wins. I always had a feeling it was a matter of time with this team. It's been a matter of cleaning up some things and picking up intensity," Cornejo said.

Cornejo said his team still believes it can win the Class 4-A West conference.

"Our kids believe that, and we as coaches do, too," Cornejo said.

Thursday's win vaulted Riverton into a second place tie with Rock Springs (3-1-1, 10 points, Class 4-A West). Green River is on top of the league with a 5-2 (15 points) conference record. Teams are awarded three points for a win and one point for a tie.

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