Mar 18, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorLander Valley High School was missing three returning all-state boys soccer players for different reasons on Saturday and posted a 1-1-1 record at the season opening Worland Jamboree.
The Tigers lost to the Sheridan varsity squad 5-0. The first match was two 40-minute periods.
LVHS tied Sheridan's junior varsity team 1-1 in the second match. The Tigers ended the day beating Evanston 1-0.
The final two matches were two 20-minute halves.
"I thought that we played really well," LVHS coach Dan Howlett said. "We brought 14 players to the jamboree, so we were outsized. We made some easy mistakes against Sheridan that hurt us."
LVHS all-state players who didn't make the jamboree were Derek Peil, Austin Roberts and Henry Austin.
Peil didn't was sick last week after finishing the boys basketball season.
"We haven't seen Derek since Tuesday," Howlett said.
Roberts had 17 goals as a junior and hurt his knee during the final month of the basketball season. He will be out for the first two weeks of the soccer season.
Austin recently skied in Soldier Hollow, Utah, and didn't have enough practices in to be eligible for the soccer opener.
Sheridan scored three times against LVHS in the first half of the match, then added two more in the second half.
"We had some misplays by our own team that turned into goals," Howlett said.
Sheridan beat Riverton 1-0 on Friday night at Wolverine Field. Sheridan won the 2011 Class 4-A state title.
"Sheridan is really good," Howlett said. "It helped that Sheridan had a game under them, and that they have 70 kids out. We were nervous in the first game. We didn't have real strong touches in the first half. Those were things that lead to easy goals."
LVHS was scheduled to play Newcastle in the second game, but that didn't happen because the Dogies only had 10 players.
"We were a little disappointed that we didn't play Newcastle, because we play them later," Howlett said. "The second Sheridan game wasn't easy for us."
In the second game, Lander's Trapper Lee scored in the first half for a 1-0 lead. The Sheridan JV tied the score up in the second half.
"The second Sheridan team was still bigger than us," Howlett said. "We had a miscommunication on Sheridan's goal."
Lee scored his second goal of the day vs. the Red Devils. The goal came four minutes into the second half.
"Trapper has a great shot," Howlett said.
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