WYOMING – The Wrangler and Lady Wrangler soccer teams boarded the bus and traveled the distance for a doubleheader against 3A West Conference rivals Cody and Powell on April 23 and 24.
Cody hit the turf full throttle on Friday, April 23, to take the win, 7-0.
Lady Wrangler offense managed to strike into Cody’s territory with 11 shots on goal. Senior Alaine Liserio and sophomore Erin Fogerty both played three shots on goal. Junior Olivia Edwards and sophomore Molly Murphy kept the offensive pressure on with two shots on goal and sophomore Addison Bing rounded the tally out with one.
Senior Preslie Mecham played goalie and caught 17 saves.
Stepping up the intensity on Saturday, the Lady Wranglers refused to repeat their loss to Powell earlier in the season and fought the Lady Panthers to a 0-0 draw.
Pinedale offense swept down the field and made 19 shots on goal. Edwards led the way with eight. Senior Reese Noble played five, Murphy three, Liserio two and Fogerty one.
Mecham kept the Panthers from scoring and chalked up an impressive 21 saves during the game.
“The girls put up a good fight against Cody and Powell,” said head coach Shanda Jensen. “We were missing two varsity players and that changed the responsibilities for the other players.”
On Friday, the Wranglers took on Cody. Despite offensive and defensive pressure by Pinedale, the Broncs managed to get into Wrangler territory to score and take the win, 3-0.
Freshman Brody Hamby joined the varsity squad as goalie and caught 14 saves against Cody.
On Saturday, Powell charged onto the field and established a lead that the Wranglers struggled to close. The Panthers pulled out the win, 8-0.
Hamby made eight saves during the game against Powell.
Head coach J.D. Dudrey said that despite the loss, members of the team showed effort and a willingness to keep their heads in the game against the odds.
“The first person I would like to mention is Brody Hamby,” he said. “He stepped up and played keeper for us and made some big time saves. Hamby really kept us in the Cody game. Another athlete I want to mention was (junior) Lucas Hughes. He worked really hard over the weekend and created several scoring opportunities for us in each game. He will run forever and his effort really helps our defense out.”