The Central and East girls ready to do battle again in state soccer finale

ROCK SPRINGS — The Cheyenne Central and Cheyenne East girls soccer teams have gone head-to-head three times this season. They were three of the most physical soccer matches you’ll ever see.

And not physical because either team was playing dirty. Physical because both teams were competing their collective tails off trying to get a win.

I don’t expect that to be any different in today’s Class 4A state championship.

As one parent said to me, “I feel sorry for the center official that has to do this game. You couldn’t pay me enough to take that on.”

How close were the three previous meetings? They tied 1-1 and 2-2 before East grabbed a 2-0 win in the 4A East Regional.

Both sides expect for of the same today.

“We have to play as aggressively as we have all year,” Central coach Scott Foster said. “East is a very physical team and we have to meet them head-on.”

East coach Jim Gardner noted that both teams have played very well against the other in their previous meetings, which has made the rivalry that much better. Today’s match could come down to depth and fitness, he said.

“It will be the third day in a row that we’ve played,” he said. “As evenly matched as these teams are, I think it could be decided by a lucky goal.”

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