Why did Halee Moore kiss this soccer ball?

MooreI’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.

But it wasn’t until Thursday that my suspicions were confirmed. Continue reading

Cheyenne East girls use lightning delays to their advantage

The Cheyenne East girls soccer team plays a game during a nearly 2-hour lightning delay prior to their Class 4A semifinal match with Laramie on Friday in Rock Springs. Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

The Cheyenne East girls soccer team plays a game during a nearly 2-hour lightning delay prior to their Class 4A semifinal match with Laramie on Friday in Rock Springs. The Lady Thunderbirds said the games they played in Rock Springs High’s auxiliary gym actually helped calm their nerves before the match. Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

ROCK SPRINGS – It would be reasonable to expect the Cheyenne East girls soccer team to have sweated through a pair of lengthy lightning delays at the Class 4A state tournament in Rock Springs.

The Lady Thunderbirds had just taken the field for Friday’s semifinal match with Laramie when they were sent back to the locker room for two hours.

They were forced inside with 25 minutes to play in Saturday’s state championship with Sheridan. That delay lasted more than two hours.

They had to spend both delays as balls of nervous energy anxious for two of the biggest matches of their season, right? Continue reading

Carter solid in return for East

ROCK SPRINGS – Cheyenne East senior goalkeeper Shayne Carter has dealt with an array of injuries this season.

Cheyenne East senior goalkeeper Shayne Carter

Cheyenne East senior goalkeeper Shayne Carter

She missed half of the basketball season after suffering a broken hand during preseason practices.

During soccer, Carter suffered a head injury in a collision with Laramie forward Ariel Romero early in the year. Then she started missing time due to hip, back and neck ailments.

The worst of those injuries are tears in her hip flexor.

Carter’s last bit of extensive playing time prior to Thursday’s Class 4A state quarterfinal win over Casper Natrona County came on May 2 in a home win over Gillette. She didn’t record a save after entering in the second half of the Lady Thunderbirds’ 3-2 opening round victory Thursday, but she still looked solid.

That Carter is playing at all for the reigning champions is noteworthy.

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Fearneyhough impresses for Central girls

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

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. Continue reading

South girls make historic scoring splash against Laramie

Cheyenne South's Taylor Landon heads a ball during the team's 6-1 loss to Laramie on Friday. Shawn Havel/staff

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

East’s defense finds its groove against Central, gets a good start

Cheyenne East's Skylar Hatanelas puts defensive pressure on Central's Halee Moore during Friday's game. Hatanelas' play was a surprise that help lift the Lady Indians. Michael Smith/staff

Cheyenne East’s Skylar Hatanelas puts defensive pressure on Central’s Halee Moore during Friday’s game. Michael Smith/staff

CHEYENNE — How’s this for a challenge — open the 2013 regular season against your rival who just happens to be the defending Class 4A state champion.

For the Cheyenne East girls soccer team, that was the starting point for the year.

The Lady Thunderbirds responded by forcing a 1-1 overtime tie with Cheyenne Central. Not a bad start to the season for a team that missed the state tournament last fall.

“We definitely needed a push to get us going,” East senior McKenna Horsley said.

That push might’ve arrived on Friday night. Continue reading

2012 Class 3A girls all-state soccer team

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.

2012 Class 4A girls all-state soccer team

Cheyenne Central: GK Kelley Fisher, sr., D Alysha Honaker, sr.; M Christie Schiel, sr.; Cheyenne East: D Makenzie Drake, so.; F Rachel Erickson, so.; M Sarah Erickson, so.; Casper Kelly Walsh: Taylor Hockey, sr.; D April Taylor, jr.; Casper Natrona County: M Emma Norvelle, jr.; D Kailey Richner, jr.; M Laura Stamp, sr.; Gillette: F Brittney Lacek, sr.; F Michelle McGeary, sr.; D Ashton Peterson, jr.; M Karen Storie, sr.; Green River: GK Autumn Crosby, jr.; M Tayliann Cutler, jr.; D Aubri Schneider, fr.; Laramie: D Joesie Bowdish, sr.; M Jacqui Pulley, so.; GK Rachel Rettinger, sr.; Riverton: Marcia Ashdown, sr.; Sheridan: Noelle Golinvaux, sr.; Nicci Kassen, sr.; Rickie Ryan, sr.

Central senior girls soccer players have plenty to celebrate

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