Both Laramie Soccer Teams Split at Regional Tournament
A second and a third place was the result for the Laramie High School soccer teams at the 4A East Regional last weekend in Sheridan.
Laramie Lady Plainsmen
The Laramie Lady Plainsmen lost the regional title match and finished in second place.
Laramie (12-3-1) rolled past Cheyenne East in the semifinals last Friday by a final score of 6-0. Courtney Hamilton had a two goals and an assist. Sekoya Romero added a pair of goals. Lexi Pulley finished with a goal and three assists. The Lady Plainsmen led 4-0 by halftime. They added two more in the first 22 minutes of the second half.
In Saturday’s regional championship match, Gillette scored twice in the second half for a 2-1 victory. Laramie’s Paige Trent found the back of the net in the first five minutes for an early 1-0 edge. The Camels tied it early in the second half and got the game-winner within the last five minutes.
After tough defeat in the semifinals, the Laramie Plainsmen bounced back and took third place at regionals.
The Plainsmen were beat by the host Sheridan Broncs, 4-3, last Friday. Cameron Campbell had two goals, and Lucas Thorsness added one.
Head coach Dan Benford said, “We battled and fought hard, but too many defensive miscues created a hole, and we just ran out of time to climb out of it.”
Laramie (12-4) bounced back nicely and blew out Cheyenne Central, 5-0, in the third place match.
Thorsness scored twice, while Blake Moore, Brett Jaeger and Cadel Rosales scored one apiece.
Benford was pleased with the victory over the Indians.
“Defensively we rebounded from an uncharacteristic game against Sheridan and locked down the shut out.”
Tanner Riedel made three big saves to seal the deal according to Benford.
Both Laramie teams will face Kelly Walsh in the first round at the 2016 State Tournament Thursday at the Big Horn Equestrian Center’s Polo Grounds.