CHEYENNE — Everyday, Cheyenne East freshman Kayla Evans has to prove something.
She has to prove she belongs on the varsity roster. She has to prove she can keep pace with the veteran players. She has to prove she can contribute to East’s success.
Do two goals and an assist prove anything?
Against Cheyenne South, Evans came off the bench to score twice and hand out an assist as the Lady Thunderbirds rolled to a 7-0 win over the Lady Bison.
“(East coach Jim Gardner) said that he really wants the freshmen that are on varsity to show him why they’re up there and I really wanted to show him that I’ve been working hard. I just kept on running and running and it paid off,” Evans said.
The veterans got the scoring started for East early on with two goals. Then Gardner started subbing and offense went into another gear.
Evans and teammate Hailey Heath raced down field toward the South goal in 25th minute, beating the defense for a good look at the goal. Heath tapped a pass to Evans who scored to make it a 3-0 game.
Early in the second half, Evans made the pass to fellow freshman Darian Pixley for a goal in the 51st minute. Evans got her second goal of the game just moments after South failed to connect on a penalty kick, giving East a 6-0 advantage in the 69th minute.
“Kayla’s a good freshmen. Her and Darian have speed and they add a little punch up there. Against this team, it was really good to see that speed and they did a good job finishing because a lot of times she misses,” Gardner said. “She was patient, she had a left footed goal. I was happy with her. She did a good job.”
Evans has proven she can play. Now she’s got to prove she can do it consistently.
With the season hitting the halfway point, Evans might be a crucial player for the Thunderbirds down the stretch. Her speed could be called upon to beat an opposing defense at any given time.
Friday night, she got to prove she can do the job when called upon. And that is step one.
“It’s really great because some of the other girls sometimes they don’t really think (the freshmen) are ready yet,” Evans said. “It’s really good because we get to show them that we’re maybe just as good as them. It’s a good opportunity.”