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Winning ways continue for Lander booters

Apr 28, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Lander Tigers shook off a tough loss to Jackson on Tuesday by ringing up two resounding victories Friday and Saturday against Powell and Cody.

Playing on the road in Park County, Lander blitzed Powell 7-0 and followed it up Saturday with a 6-0 pasting of Cody.

Lander now stands 8-2-1 on year, and the high-powered Tiger attack has outscored its opponents 44-7 this season.

"We played on two artificial turf fields, which we aren't used to," said Tiger coach Dan Howlett. "But the kids didn't let it bother them, and they played really well. We scored in spurts -- three goals in five minutes in Powell, and then three goals in about eight minutes against Cody. So we really jumped on them."

The two shutouts were familiar territory for Lander, which has held the opposition scoreless six times in 11 games.

Lander fell 1-0 Tuesday to Jackson in Teton County but has a chance for quick revenge this Tuesday, April 30, hosting the Broncs at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.

On Tuesday, Jackson scored the only goal of the game late in the second half to hang on for a 1-0 win.

The contest was a battle between two of the top teams in Class 3-A soccer this year. Jackson is ranked No. 1, while Lander Valley High School is No. 3.

Jackson also is the defending Class 3-A state champion.

The victory pushed Jackson to 7-0 on the year.

"It was just a great game," Howlett said. "We had four or five real nice opportunities. Two of those were in the last minute. We set up perfect plays. We just miss-hit them."

The schedule first had the match in Lander, but snowy soccer fields forced officials to move the match to Jackson.

The decision to play the contest on Tuesday was made Monday night.

"Our defense played really well against them," Howlett said. "The defense is playing very strong."

Howlett said his bench contributed in all areas on the field in the hard-fought loss.

"In a close game, we typically play about 15 kids," Howlett said. "Our 15 kids played excellent against Jackson.

"We are starting to get into a rotation where about at the 15-minute mark four kids go in."

The rematch is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday in Lander.

"Jackson was playing about 15 kids," Howlett said. "When we are in a mismatch game with Newcastle, we are playing 20 kids."

Jackson 1, Lander 0

After a scoreless first half, Jackson scored at the 63rd minute with a goal past LVHS goalkeeper Jess Oldham.

"It was off a corner kick," Howlett said. "After the corner kick, they put a perfect shot just inside the post."

The close scoring chances were by Lander's Kyle Leemon, who dribbled crossed the ball to teammate Kyle LaToree, whose kick just missed over the post.

The last chance was a throw-in by Josh Thoren to Eli Lowham, who kicked one over the post.

"Jackson's goalie had a pretty good game," Howlett said. "They lost some key players. I thought that we were going to be a stronger team this year."

Last year, Jackson won 6-0 and 4-2 over the Tigers.

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