Mar 21, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterWith their first week of soccer play behind them, both the Riverton High School boys and girls soccer teams will try to get on the winning track when they travel to Class 3-A Worland for Thursday afternoon matches.
The girls begin varsity play at 3 p.m., and the boys game will follow at approximately 5 p.m. at Worland High School.
Both teams are 0-1 after first-week losses to Sheridan.
And, for the only time this regular season other than the traditional matches with Lander, the Riverton boys and girls teams will travel together.
"It would be nice if we both played at the same place. It puts more people up in the stands," Wolverine boys head coach Erly Cornejo said.
The Wolverines challenge a Worland team that played one full regulation match and two shortened matches in its own opening-week jamboree and finished 2-1.
Like Riverton, Worland was not able to find the back of the net against defending Class 4-A state champion Sheridan in a 2-0 loss.
The Warriors did manage to defeat Evanston 3-0 and the Sheridan junior varsity 4-0.
Riverton's work in practice this week has been both on improving defensive play and also adjusting the offensive scheme to generate more scoring chances.
"There have been a couple of focuses this week.
One of the big ones is second and third man defending and also shortening the field and not getting so spread out," Cornejo said.
"We are going to make some changes in our attack to get more pressure.
We are going to change formation and move players around. We'll move Mike Jones to the midfield and replace him. His left-back side is up in the air," Cornejo said.
The Wolverine hope to get a win and momentum Thursday.
"Worland is always a tough out. They are always a tough team to beat," Cornejo said.
Midfielder Zach Zenk is the only Wolverine battling injury and may see his his minutes limited as Riverton prepares for its Class 4-A West conference opener Saturday against Rock Springs at Wolverine Field. Game time Saturday is 1 p.m.
The RHS girls also will try to rebound from their opening-weekend loss at Sheridan when they travel Thursday to Worland.
"It's been a long time since we played them. I don't know much about them," coach Rick Bergstedt said.
The Lady Warriors played a week-one jamboree in Cody against all Class 4-A competition and came away with a 1-1-1 mark.
Worland opened with a full-game 1-0 win over Rock Springs but lost to Sheridan 2-1 on a last-minute goal. The Lady Warriors played Evanston to a 2-2 draw.
"A win would be better than a loss, but I much prefer to see enormous improvement.
We'll keep moving kids around, because we are not comfortable yet," Bergstedt said.
After Thursday's match in Worland, the Lady Wolverines travel to Rock Springs on Saturday to open Class 4-A West conference play.
Riverton will play its fourth consecutive road match Friday, March 30, at Casper Natrona before finally playing at home Saturday, March 31, against Casper Kelly Walsh.
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