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Riverton boys edged 1-0 by KW in key conference soccer matchup

Apr 28, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The Wolverines had planned to play a Wednesday makeup match against Lander, but that game has now been cancelled, according to the RHS activities office.

The Riverton Wolverine boys soccer team saw its three-game winning streak come to an end Saturday with a 2-1 loss at Casper Kelly Walsh.

With their regular season and Class 4-A West records now at .500, the Wolverines (4-4-2, 3-3-1 Class 4-A West) will now travel to Rock Springs for Monday make-up match against the Tigers on the artificial surface field at Rock Springs Junior High School.

The field is the site of the boys state soccer tournament later this season. Varsity game time is set for 5 p.m.

"Second place (in our conference) is still up for grabs, and we need to realize that. Our hearts were set on first, but I don't know if that is still in play," Wolverine head coach Erly Cornejo said.

The top two teams in conference play earn an automatic bid to the state tournament.

The Wolverines struggled to find a rhythm with an officiating style that whistled many fouls, according to Cornejo.

"We were on our heels the whole time, but we had our changes too. We played well, but we didn't win," Cornejo said.

Kelly Walsh scored first in the 32nd minute on a penalty kick, but the Wolverines answered five minutes later when Aaron Nirider and Tristan White connected with each other to give White the shot on goal that was good in the left corner.

Kelly Walsh scored its game-winner late in the match. In the 78th minute, Cornejo said that Riverton's defense was caught out of position and couldn't adjust.

The Wolverines had planned to play a Wednesday makeup match against Lander, but that game has now been cancelled, according to the RHS activities office.

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