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Boys stifle RS Tigers; 4-A West title still up for grabs
Apr 30, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
With the choice of taking the wind in the first or second half, the Riverton Wolverine boys decided to open with the wind at their backs, scored three first-half goals, and added one more against the wind in the second half to shut out Rock Springs 4-0 Monday in a makeup soccer match on the road in Sweetwater County.
Juan Buitrago bent a corner kick into the net in the fourth minute to give Riverton an early lead and Tristan White scored the next three goals for the Wolverines to give RHS its second win over the Tigers this season. Dietrich Becker earned one assist.
"The weather was probably the story of the game. It was really windy in one direction. We kept putting the pressure on," Cornejo said.
Goalkeeper Mike Jones saved a corner kick in the 44th minute.
"Mike's playing really well, and that is key to how we're doing right now. And our defense played very well in the second half against the wind," Cornejo said.
Because of the parity that has evolved in the Class 4-A West, the Wolverines, if they win out, can claim the league title.
Friday's 6 p.m. match at home against league leader Green River is huge, as is Saturday's regular season finale, also at Wolverine Field, against Evanston.
Should Green River beat Rock Springs Wednesday but lose to the Wolverines, and if Riverton goes on to beat Evanston, then RHS would finish first in the Class 4-A West with a 6-3-1 record and 19 league points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie), and Green River would be second with 18 points.
"They should be good games, and we are excited for them. We have the reins," Cornejo said.
Boys Class 4-A West soccer standings
(Regular season record, conference record,
conference points - 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie)
Green River 6-6, 5-3, 15 points
Kelly Walsh 5-5-3, 4-3-2, 14 points
Evanston 6-5-1, 4-4, 12 points
Riverton 5-4-2, 4-3-1, 13 points
Rock Springs 3-8-2, 3-4-1, 10 points
Natrona 3-10, 3-6, 9 points