Cheyenne South’s Taylor Landon heads a ball during the team’s 6-1 loss to Laramie on Friday. Shawn Havel/staff
CHEYENNE — Taylor Landon had “a good feeling about that kick.”
The Cheyenne South freshman lined up for a free kick about 30 yards away from the goal after teammate Heather Amen was fouled. It was eight minutes into the second half and the Lady Bison were down 3-0 to to Laramie, the state’s No. 1 team.
South coach Phil McGovern gave Landon the green light to fire away if she felt the shot was there.
Landon did. And the rest, as they say, is history.
The goal took the entire Laramie defense by surprise as no one moved when the ball left her foot. It settled into the back of the net well away from ever being stopped and the Bison cut the deficit to 3-1. They would go on to fall 6-1.
“Coach always tells to aim far side and that’s pretty much what I did – high or far side and it just ended up going in,” Landon said. Continue reading →
Buffalo: F Kaitlynn Armstrong, sr.; GK Jenna Anderson, jr.; D Makayla Myers, so.; M Teneil Schumacher, so.; F Caley Stafford, jr.; Cody: F Darby Bell, jr.; D Grace Dickerman, sr.; D Kelsey Frost, sr.; M Alyssa Prosceno, sr.; M Bridget Schumacher, sr.; Jackson: M Jessica Freeze, jr.; D Danielle Krause, sr.; M Madasyn Sutton, jr.; Lander: M Taylor Meeks, so.; M Annikki Peterson, sr.; D Ali Ragan, sr.; M Allison Schimming, sr.; Newcastle: F Madi Lacey, sr.; Pinedale: M Valeria Vidal, so.; Star Valley: GK Jessica England, sr.; F Abby Nicoll, jr.; F Jessica Woodford, so.; Torrington: GK Mikayla Brower, sr.; M Caitlyn Cummings, sr.; Worland: D Shannan Pyer, sr. Underclassman of the year: Caley Stafford, Buffalo. Upperclassman of the year: Bridget Schumacher, Cody.
Members of the Cheyenne Central girls soccer team were all smiles after winning the Christa McAuliffe memorial trophy. Alex Riley/staff
CHEYENNE — The Cheyenne Central girls lingered around Okie Blanchard Stadium on Friday night. Parents and friends trickled down from the stands providing hugs and handshakes in celebration of the 3-1 win over Cheyenne East.
The smiles and congratulations were everywhere. Not even Auri Mermelia’s chipped tooth could dampen the mood (She chipped the tooth during the final team huddle when someone brought the trophy down into her mouth).
“It feels pretty good to get (the Christa McAuliffe memorial trophy) back because I know we lost it last year and it’s pretty tough to see the seniors afterwards. It didn’t feel right,” senior defender Karlie Schultz said. “But it’s good have it back. We played really well.” Continue reading →
Cheyenne Central senior Kelley Fisher looks to fire off a shot against Scottsbluff defender Kayla Pierce on Tuesday. Fisher scored once and had an assist in the 9-0 win. Dominic Benintende/staff
CHEYENNE — Kelley Fisher planted her foot and simply launched the shot.
From about 25 yards out, the ball curved in the air, glided past the outstretched hands of Scottsbluff goalie Morgan Westphal and settled into the back of the net.
And just like that, the Cheyenne Central girls soccer team had a 7-0 lead over the Lady Bearcats. And Fisher had a goal to be remembered.
“It was kind of just a rush. We were up by some and they were like, ‘Kelley, we want you to get a goal.’ So my team was definitely pulling for me and helping me out,” Fisher said. “I felt like it was a decent shot and I put it where it needed to go so I’m proud of it.” Continue reading →
Cheyenne South goalie Oxsanna Beltran (pink) talks with coach Phil McGovern before the start of Monday's game against Rawlins. Dominic Benintende/staff
CHEYENNE — If Oxsanna Beltran had been a little nervous about the situation, no one could have blamed her.
One minute, she was standing on the Cheyenne South sideline, the next she was being asked to fill the void in goal after an injury to teammate Constance Woolhether.
Pressure? Beltran knows a thing or two about combating pressure.
“I feel like I have a lot more pressure but I think I’m handling it pretty well,” Beltran said. “I was starting goalie last year and the year before that so I just feel like it’s my spot to do good for my team and make sure my goal is protected.” Continue reading →
Here’s the list of Class 4A East boys and girls all-conference selections. Full all-state lists are expected to be released Wednesday.
First-team Cheyenne Central: GK Kelley Fisher; F Makena Cameron; M Christie Schiel; D Jennie Barsotti; Cheyenne East: F Rachel Erickson; M Sarah Erickson; M Heather Baker; D Makenzie Drake; Casper Kelly Walsh: GK Jocelyn Morris; Gillette: GK Missy Schultz; F Shereer Small; F Brittney Lacek; M Karen Storie; M Angie Benson; M Michelle McGeary; D Kayla Corcoran; D Tiffany Polson; D Bailey Wenz; Laramie: F Cassidy Aguilar; M Haley Moon; D Haley Ahrenholtz; D Josie Bowdish; Sheridan: F Rickie Ryan; M Stephanie Sessions; D Nikki Kassen.
Second-team Central: M Jaymie Syracuse; D Alysha Honaker; East: D McKenna Horsley; Kelly Walsh: F Taylor Hockley; M Carly Hooker; D April Taylor; D Abby Vierkant; Gillette: M Julionna Skinner; Laramie: GK Rachel Rettinger; M Jacqui Pulley; M Lindsey Martinez; Sheridan: GK Jacey Repsis; F Haley Ligocki; M Noelle Gollinvaux; D Harley Stewart.
First-team Cheyenne Central: M Ryan Krempels; D Ryan McGhee; Cheyenne East: M Jalen Willett; F Alex Cowns; Casper Kelly Walsh: GK Cameron Stanek; D Marcus Couldridge; D Matt Binder; M Tanner Vivian; F Caleb Romsa; Gillette: D Cody Nice; Laramie: GK Andrew Amen; D Ian Muller; D Arlo Stansbury; M Andrew Johnson; M Jimi Gomez; M Brock Mosier; F Vitor Nazareth; F Dillon Barbour; Sheridan: GK Cole Smith; D Gabe Dahmke; D Kurt Price; M Colby Wollenman; F Hunter Reece; F Drew Slikker. Coach of the year: Andy Pannell, Laramie.
Weather has wreaked havoc on all sports this spring, but soccer has been the most adversely impacted. Case in point: The Cheyenne Central boys and girls just finished a string of four matches in seven days. The Cheyenne East boys and girls begin a stretch of four in seven today against Gering, Neb.
I really feel for those athletes. Not only have they had a lot of matches moved around, but the weather that moved those matches has pretty much kept them from being outside and training. Soccer is a sport players have to be well-conditioned for. They run countless miles per match and there are plenty of collisions in matches that create many nicks and bruises. Without rest, those nicks and bruises can turn into larger, nagging injuries.
The players currently aren’t getting much rest. They play one day and the coaches give them the next off. If players don’t get the day off, they do a short pregame walk through or minor drills to polish skills.
The other problem with a jam-packed schedule is it doesn’t allow much time for teaching. Sure, coaches can make in game adjustments and remind players of those adjustments heading into the next game. But game after game with little to no practice in between doesn’t allow coaches to drill points home and work on correcting problems. This is exactly why Central girls coach Scott Foster was excited having about three days of practice before his team returns to action Friday in Gillette.
“We don’t get a lot of time to work and reflect in games,” he said after his team’s 1-1 draw Monday with visiting Riverton. “I’m looking forward to three practices before two more tough games this weekend. This is going to be a good time for us to look at how we’ve been playing and make corrections.”
Rather than playing Casper Kelly Walsh tomorrow evening, the Cheyenne East soccer teams will face Riverton in matches that were postponed because of this weekend’s weather. The boys traveling to Riverton and the girls hosting the Lady Wolverines. Both matches are scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Kelly Walsh matches have been moved to May 4 with the boys at home and the girls on the road.
Cheyenne Central will face Riverton on Monday, April 27. The Lady Indians host Riverton at 5 p.m. at Riske Field. Central’s boys will play at 5 p.m. in Riverton.