May 1, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorJackson High School won a pair of 2-1 soccer matches Tuesday afternoon against the Lander Valley High School Tigers in chilly conditions at Lander.
In the boys contest, Jackson scored in the final minute of regulation to escape with the one-goal advantage.
Jamie Lummis was credited for the game-winning goal, but it was a Lander player who actually kicked the ball in.
Jackson is ranked No. 1 in Class 3-A, while LVHS is No. 3. Jackson is the defending Class 3-A champion.
"We had an unlucky own goal," LVHS boys coach Dan Howlett said. "One of our halfbacks kicked it right in. You feel bad for the boys, we played wonderful."
The Jackson girls scored two early goals in the first half to hang on for the victory vs. LVHS.
"We came out Tuesday really flat in the first half," LVHS girls coach Dean Schaff said. "We passed the ball around a little bit in the first five minutes, then Jackson settled in and controlled the first half."
Jackson boys 2, LVHS 1
In the middle of the first half, LVHS forward Kyle Leemon raced past Jackson's defense to kick one to the far post for a 1-0 lead.
"Kyle's goal was really nice," Howlett said. "He has been finishing really nice. He has been sharing the ball. He is a quality kid."
Jackson tied the match up at 1-1 three minutes into the second half to set up the game-winner in the final minute.
"Jackson had the wind in the second half just like we did in the first half," Howlett said. "That made a difference. We had a lot more saves in the second half. The offense was put together by the wind."
The victory kept Jackson undefeated on the season.
"I think that Lander is going to be on the opposite bracket from us at the state tournament," Jackson coach Matt Hoelscher said. "We have played them two games now of one-goal difference. They are well-coached. I would love to see them in the finals.
They are putting together a heck of a season.
The state tournament is slated for May 16-18 in Jackson.
"We need to play those close games before we go to state," Hoelscher said. "We have played every team that has been in the top five."
Weather permitting, the Tigers will host Rawlins at 5 p.m. Thursday in a conference match.
LVHS and Rawlins tied each other at 1-1 in the first meeting.
Jackson girls 2, LVHS 1
Jackson scored twice in the first 40 minutes to take the momentum away from Lander.
"I really felt like we came back in the first half," Schaff said. "I thought that we came back and played a little more aggressive. I was happy with the way that we ended."
Lander's Amy Hulkovich scored late in the second half to pull the home squad back into the match."
"We have been working up on framing up the goal where you crash in and make sure that you are around the ball," Schaff said.
Hulkovich scored on a rebound shot.
"She is really fast for us," Schaff said. "She is tough to defend when she is playing good."
The Tigers play Thursday at Rawlins and host Torrington Friday afternoon in two conference matches.
Start time is 2 p.m. Friday at the LVHS soccer field.
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