Soccer: Riverton at Lander tonight – 5 things to watch

Riverton boys and girls varsity soccer won last years Fremont County Cup . They stole it from cross county rivals Lander who had won both matches the year before (2014). However, that is only one of the exciting back-stories surrounding these games. Here are 5 things to watch as you cheer your team on: - *Fans:* For local fans and the little kickers in County 10, this is the best live soccer they can watch within a couple hour drive. Both teams will look to own possession of the ball as they string together passes. Winning the 50-50 loose balls at midfield will likely have a major impact on who owns possession. - *Teams:* RHS boys have a 5 - 6 - 1 record in 4A, but have improved over the course of the season avenging earlier losses to Kelly Walsh and Rock Springs with a tie and win. LVHS boys sit atop their conference in 3A boasting a 8 - 3 - 1 record with a stingy defense that allows only 1.08 goals per game. On the ladies side of the ball, both teams have struggled this year with the Lady Wolverines posting a 0 - 11 -1 record and the Lady Tigers at 1 - 11. - *Coaches:* Both boys coaches enter their second season: RHS's Aziz Waheed implementing his style of defensive discipline while Tiger Coach Dean Schaff emphasizes quick ball movement. The Tigers have been tweaking their lineup and formation and have recently found one that defends well yet can put up goals (6 in the past two matches). Head Coach Brian Reisig has performed admirably given the loss of his key player and UW Cowgirls recruit Rachael Troxel to injury. Tanya Santee resumes her post as the Wolverine Ladies Head Coach and has a young group looking to continue to build their team unity. - *Players: *Riverton boys boast a younger squad that has defensively (with the exception of the #1 ranked Laramie match) allowed only 9 goals this season. The defense is anchored by Junior Jason Thoren while Reed Axthelm's technical gifts create opportunities on offense that Braden Djezveian has been recently capitalizing on. Slade Becker (.258 goal/shot) will mind the net for the Wolverines. On the Lander roster, Abe Lowham (All-Conference Junior) has started every match since his Freshman year in the Tiger goal. The attack is led by All-State Junior Daniel Lobera (11 goals/12 games), but goal production has come from midfielders and forwards alike, notably: Tony Schaff, Palmer Schaffer and Noah Peschio. Defensively, breaking down All-State Senior Keaton Scott and Jim Fehringer has been difficult for most teams to unlock. Both girls teams have kept their keepers busy. Sierra Hernandez leads the state with saves at 195 for Riverton, while Abby Hamilton is 2nd in 3A with 122. Zoe Peterson will look to find net as she has 6 times this season, but she'll need the support of active midfielder Molly Fehringer. - *Game:* It’s Riverton versus Lander. The pitch will be electric. The rivalry will be intense. Which teams will to hoist the cup? *Schedule:* Girls Varsity kickoff at 4:00 pm Thursday (12th) on the East grass field, with the Varsity boys to follow at 6:00. JV Girls begin at 6:00 pm on the West grass field, with JV boys playing at 4:00. *(feature pic L to R: Abe Lowham, Daniel Lobera, Abbey Hamilton, Reed Axthelm, Sierra Hernandez, Slade Becker)* #county10 #news