Riverton boys and girls varsity soccer won last years Fremont County Cup
They stole it from cross county rivals Lander who had won
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)*