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Late goal costs LVHS Tigers

Apr 1, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Buffalo scored with two minutes left to play Saturday afternoon in a boys soccer game to pull out a 2-1 victory over Lander Valley High School.

Charlie Rodriguez provided the-game winner for the Bison in a tight, physical contest.

The match completed a four-game homestand for LVHS.

"Buffalo just got back behind us on the final goal," LVHS coach Dan Howlett said.

The Bison and Jackson are two of the top teams in the Class 3-A division.

"I thought that we played one of our finest games in a lot of years," Howlett said. "We are making some changes. We have a lot of new guys in the defense. We are missing a couple of starters."

LVHS was coming off a 5-1 victory against Rawlins on Thursday.

"Our goal is to improve daily," Howlett said. "This was a big jump for us against Buffalo."

Howlett said the Bison are bigger, stronger and more physical than Jackson.

LVHS lost to Jackson 4-2 during the four-game homestand.

LVHS posted a 2-2 record in the two weeks played before the home fans.

"Buffalo had a couple of yellow cards, and we had one yellow card," Howlett said.

LVHS plays at Douglas on Friday, April. 14, on the road after taking Easter weekend off from competition.

Buffalo 2, Lander 1

After a scoreless first half, Lander's Derek Peil scored five minutes into the second half. David Luck had the assist on the goal.

"It was just a nice shot from 25 yards," Howlett said.

The Bison knotted up the score at 1-1 a minute after the first score by Wyatt Woody.

Woody was a Class 3-A all-state player last year.

With two minutes left on the clock after the goal, Buffalo pushed the attack.

"They got a breakaway on us because we only had one kid back," Howlett said.

LVHS goalkeeper Marcus Vigil came up the save of the day for the Tigers to keep it a one-goal advantage.

"Marcus made a great save at the end," Howlett said.

Howlett said Vigil was steady in goal all game long.

"The scores came real close to him," Howlett said. "That is a defensive situation we need to work on. We need to make sure the shots come 20 yards out instead of five yards out."

Lander 5, Rawlins 1

"We started out kind of slow in the first half," Howlett said of Thursday's game. "We didn't really step up. We always believe that a great team maintains their level."

Despite the sluggish start, the Tigers managed two goals in the first 40 minutes, and three more in the second half.

Henry Austin, Jordan Carr, Peil, Trapper Lee, and Kyle Leemon all scored for the Tigers in the win.

This is the second year the Outlaws have played on the varsity level.

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