RIVERTON – On a cool, sunny and very windy Thursday afternoon, Coach Ben O’Connor’s Soccer Rams’ lone senior Shelby Sewell scored in the 64th minute in the last regular season home game to help Riverton win 2-0 over Coach Jeff Renn’s Columbus Soccer Titans.
“It was Shelby’s last game as our only senior. It was nice to see her get a goal,” O’Connor said after the game.
Riverton got its initial score in the 13th minute from sophomore midfielder Blayke Sullivan. Sullivan was able to get a foot on the ball as it deflected off a Columbus defender near the top of the 18-yard box. Sullivan’s shot went over Titan goalkeeper Cody Spainhower’s head in the center of the goal for the go ahead tally.
“We got outplayed the first half for sure. We had some opportunities in the second half. We just couldn’t put them in,” Renn said.
Senior Soccer Ram Sewell’s goal was in similar fashion to Sullivan’s. Riverton was awarded a throw-in that went to the feet of a Ram player that shot the ball. The shot deflected off a Columbus defender and found the foot of Sewell, who knocked it into the upper 90 of the far post for the goal.
“It was a great game against Columbus. It was great to end our regular season with a win. It brought our record to (6-7). It looks like we will be hosting regionals next week. The kids fought hard. Today’s game was probably the best game the kids’ did with communication and working the triangles,” O’Connor said.
Riverton outshot Columbus 23-11. Rams sophomores Dillon Wood and Matt Henson combined for 14 of the 23 total shots. Titan senior Brice Bennett and junior Aaron Bigando combined for half of Columbus’ shots. Although, the Titans shot on goal 9 of 11 times. Riverton had only 10 of 23 shots actually on goal. Columbus goalkeeper Spainhower had eight saves on the afternoon while the Riverton goalkeepers had nine saves. Rams junior goalkeeper Ethan Scibor logged 72 minutes in goal. Riverton junior Ben Root spent the first eight minutes of the second half playing goalkeeper. Offside was called four times on Columbus while Riverton was never flagged during the game. The Rams had five corner kicks while the Titans did not have any. Riverton was the victim of the only foul called during the game.
The Columbus Soccer Titans end the regular season at (2-14) overall and (1-1) in the CNC. The Riverton Soccer Rams complete their regular season at (6-7) overall and (1-1) in the CNC.
While it is a waiting game to see how things actually shake out for regional play, it appears No. 7 seed Riverton will be hosting No. 10 seed Columbus again at 4:30 p.m. Monday. CNC champion bragging rights will be on the line.