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Poor early effort bites RHS boys in 3-1 loss to Worland

Mar 23, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

It wasn't the 3-1 final score that bothered Riverton High School head boys soccer coach Erly Cornejo.

It was the first half lack of effort by his team that troubled the coach most as Riverton fell to Class 3-A Worland on the road Thursday night.

The Wolverines (0-2) will try to rebound against Rock Springs as they open Class 4-A West conference play Saturday in Riverton. Game time at Wolverine Field is 1 p.m.

On Thursday, the Warriors scored first off a corner kick in the 12th minute. But even before that, Cornejo was concerned about the effort his team was showing on the pitch, especially because it is early in the season and it was early in the game.

"Basically, the storyline of it was that we didn't work hard enough. We got outworked. It was weird for me as a coach. I'm not used to that," Cornejo said.

Worland followed with an unassisted second goal in the 24th minute, and Riverton was down 2-0 at halftime.

"We talked about pride and effort (at halftime). I told them that I didn't even want them to work on anything else that we have worked on. I told them I just wanted them to work hard, and they responded. In the second half, we beat them," Cornejo said.

The Wolverines made a game of it in the second half when Shaydon Coulson scored an unassisted goal in the 51st minute to pull Riverton within one at 2-1.

"He pretty much dribbled through them and scored. They responded in the second half, and I do commend them for that," Cornejo said.

Worland scored late in the 78th minute on a deflection to secure the win.

Based on the indoor winter soccer season, Cornejo believes that Rock Springs will provide a tough test for his team Saturday.

"It is important for us to start off with a win in conference. I do think, though, that Rock Springs will be the team to beat in our conference.

With our young players, we need to focus on improving and not so much the end result. Hopefully we can provide some wins when it counts. That's what I want to see out of the kids, improvement and a consistency of effort," Cornejo said.

Before the varsity contest, Riverton's junior varsity fell to Worland 7-1.

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