I’ve always thought I knew why Cheyenne Central’s Halee Moore puckered up and planted a quick smooch on a soccer ball prior to taking her shot during a shootout with Cheyenne East in the 2013 Class 4A girls soccer state championship match.
A team doesn’t go from state runner-up to next-to-last in the conference without a bit of consternation within the ranks.
Yet the Cheyenne Central girls soccer team has chatted it up and supported each other all season, no matter how disappointing the results.
In the late stages of Saturday’s 3-1 win over Gillette, one player yelled to “switch the field!” Another stated (calmly but clearly), “Don’t yell, be positive.” Indeed, the Lady Indians completed a pass from one flank to the other and reset their offense.
“A lot of the upperclassmen have felt the sweetness of winning, and also some of the bitter,” said senior forward Madi Barber, who scored twice on Saturday. “We were third in state as freshmen, first as sophomores and second last year. This season has been frustrating and maybe we haven’t gone the right way about bringing the younger kids along.
Freshman more than held their own in Friday night’s Cheyenne Central-Cheyenne East girls soccer match that was loaded with upperclassmen. The teams started 12 seniors or juniors as East grabbed a 3-2 overtime victory.
East freshman Morgan Burke netted the game winner in the 97th minute, classmate Katie Loken was strong defensively. On the Central side, Alexa Becerra opened the scoring and Sarah Krysl was strong defensively.
But there was one player who impressed me more than anyone — Central freshman goaltender Abby Fearneyhough. Continue reading →