Laramie Soccer Teams Find Success Early On
It’s been a good start to the high school soccer season for both Laramie High School teams, as each is 3-0 to this point.
Both teams won their first two conference matches last weekend. The Laramie girl’s won at Gillette and Sheridan, while the boys swept at home.
Lady Plainsmen head coach Raquel Clark says she’s pleased with her team’s learning curve.
“To change some of the things into the way we want to play this year, and I think they’ve made some pretty quick adjustments in the last two or three weeks, which makes me pretty happy. I think it’s good for the confidence to get some of those games done (early on), but we know we’ve got a lot of harder teams coming up, so we’re going to be working on a lot of preparation.”
Laramie has wins over Kelly Walsh, Gillette, and Sheridan. They outscored their three opponents 8-1 thus far.
Still, Clark has areas she feels they need to work on. “We’re looking to improve our midfield and forward connection, and our forwards making a variety of runs. I think there’s a history of just running straight up the field so that creativity up top is a little bit of a concern.”
Clark was more impressed with the sweep of their road trip to Gillette and Sheridan last week than the 3-0 start.
“That’s a really hard road trip. That’s what I told the girls. To grind out those wins does say a lot.”
The Lady Plainsmen host Cheyenne South Tuesday in a 4A East Conference match at Deti Stadium. Varsity action starts at 6 p.m.
The Laramie boys have the same 3-0 record with victories over the same three teams. They’ve had tighter matches, including a pair of 1-0 wins last weekend. So far, they’ve out-scored their competition 5-1.
Head coach Anne Moore really like her squads’ defensive organization.
“If we lose the ball, we’re right back trying to win it. Just the intensity and work ethic has been really good (through three matches). Statistically, we’ve out-shot all of our opponents and really given up very few opportunities on goal, and that was kind of our goal was to keep the ball in their (opponent’s) half. Now we just have to do a better job of finishing.”
In addition, Moore wants to keep working on switching the point of attack, getting the ball wide, and stretching out defenses.
As for their start, Moore says, “Going in, I figured, if we’re 3-0, that’s great (laughs). I’m pretty pleased with that because with soccer, sometimes the better team doesn’t always win. All it takes is one shot, and you’re down 1-nothing, and if you can’t score, you end up losing a game you probably shouldn’t have. So far, so good. I’m keeping my fingers, toes, arms, everything crossed, that we keep it going.”
The Plainsmen play their first road match of the season Tuesday at Cheyenne South. The Bison only have varsity, so the match will be at 5 p.m.