It’s a story that’ll warm your heart and bring tears to your eyes.
After years of building the program, the Outlaws set a foundation that currently have them credited as one of the top five teams in the state – and for good reason.
Rawlins had its inconsistencies early in the year but since April 27 has looked like an entirely [b]Club America Soccer Shirts[/b] different team.
The Outlaws had a hiccup against No. 1 Worland High School (4-0, 14-1), who hasn’t lost a game to a 3A opponent this season. Other than that, however, Rawlins has improved every game [b]Leon Soccer Jerseys[/b].
After tying with Torrington High School (1-2-1, 8-7-1) April 27, the Outlaws beat Newcastle High School (0-4, 1-10) 6-0. Rawlins met up with Worland the following week and fell 7-1, but the Outlaws’ focus was clearly on Torrington for first in the conference [b]Philipp Plein Sale[/b].
RHS beat the Trailblazers 3-1 to clinch first in the Southeast and a spot at state. The Outlaws do it with some of the most talented players in the state.
The Outlaws share the wealth when it comes to scoring goals, but senior Gerardo Lopez has been Rawlins’ main producer. With nine goals on the season, Lopez is just two [b]Otago Highlanders[/b] goals shy of cracking the class top 10.
With six goals, Junior Brayan Sanchez follows behind Lopez, while senior Bryce Jerome and junior Luis Vega have made significant contributions, with three and four goals [b]Chivas Soccer Jerseys[/b] respectively. Six other Outlaws have contributed one goal each.
Lopez and Sanchez are not just able to find the net, but find the open man, leading [b]Chivas[/b] Rawlins with three assists each.
The Outlaws’ defense is led by a very physical senior Kike Solis, but if teams find their way past the Rawlins’ blockade, RHS has one of the top goalkeepers to stop incoming shots.
Junior Daniel Morales has prevented 96 goals this season, the third most in 3A.
Rawlins has been outscored 30-28 this season, but nine of those opposing goals came from a Worland team not many have been able to stop. If the Outlaws can continue their momentum from their last two games, they have a very good shot of taking on Powell High School (0-4, 3-9-2) and guaranteeing [b]River Plate Jersey[/b] a game on Saturday.
Powell hasn’t had much success this season, and just barely edged Douglas High School [b]Flamenco[/b] (2-2, 5-10-1) in the state qualifier.
The Panthers have a 25-point scoring differential, and it is not in their favor.
Powell has been outscored 47-22 this season. The Panthers haven’t been able to choose a sure goalie between Ashton Brewer and Gabe Katz. Brewer leads Powell with 69 saves, but Katz doesn’t fall far from behind [b]Celtic[/b] with 64. Powell also has four other players who have sat in goal this season, showing they’ve often tested people for who should man the net.
The Panthers’ Rob Sessions takes control of the offense, contributing half of the team’s goals this season at 13.
After Sessions, Powell’s Sam Bauer has three goals and a number of players make up the rest with one, making Sessions a major focal point.
Rawlins and Powell will play in the first round of the Wyoming High School Boys Soccer 3A State Tournament at 11 a.m. today at Jackson [b]Serie A[/b].
Third time’s the charm
First Round Matchup: Rawlins vs. No. 3 Douglas
Previous matchup: No. 3 Douglas 2, Rawlins 0 (3/17); No. 3 Douglas 1, Rawlins 0 [b]Others[/b] (4/3)
Rawlins’ last matchup: Rawlins 3, Pinedale 0 (5/11, 3A State Qualifier)
Douglas’ last matchup: No. 3 Douglas 5, No. 5 Buffalo 2 (5/5)
This won’t be the first matchup of the season between Rawlins and No. 3 Douglas High School (2-1-1, 9-5-2).
The Lady Outlaws lost the first two encounters the early weeks of the season, but things have changed since then.
Rawlins was using its backup goalie in the 2-0 loss on March 17 due to conflicts with other athletic obligations, and the 1-0 lost on April 3 was a neck-and-neck game that just didn’t go the Lady Outlaws’ way.
But since, Rawlins has become better and better. Rawlins Head Coach Brooke Dotterer-Mendez said this is the same team they have been all season, they just have their on and off days like anyone else.
The Lady Outlaws have been more on than off recently.
RHS is 3-1-1 in its last five games, losing only to No. 2 Worland (1-3, 10-5). The Lady Outlaws tied with Torrington (0-3-1, 0-13-2) but beat them 5-1 in their last game of the season. The win put Rawlins in better position in the state qualifier to take on a Pinedale High School (0-4, 2-12-1) team they beat twice before and would do it a third time.
The Lady Outlaws won 3-0 to matchup with Douglas at state in the first round.
Rawlins was able to defeat Pinedale three times this season. They’re not looking for the opposite fate against the Lady Bearcats today.
Senior Kennison Spiering and junior Brooklynn Arnold boosted their goal totals on the season to five in the win against Pinedale. Arnold knocked in the first goal of the game, and Spiering had two, making it back-to-back two-score games for the senior.
Sophomore Jordan Jerome held the Lady Wranglers scoreless with six saves, increasing her season total to a state-high 187 saves.
The Lady Bearcats have gotten the best of the Lady Outlaws for most of the season, but that was a different team and they aren’t looking to go down without a fight.
Douglas got the weekend off and will have fresher legs, but the Lady Bearcats earned it.
Douglas beat No. 5 Buffalo High School (1-1-2, 7-7-3) to take first in the Northeast and the guaranteed spot in the state tournament.
Douglas has a plus-10 scoring differential, outscoring teams 28-10 this season.
The Lady Bearcat’s goalie, Alexa Williams, sits at fifth in the class with 117 saves. Douglas’ defenders make it hard to even get close to her.
Douglas is an offensive based team with a talented scorer in Andi Hunsicker.
Hunsicker contributes for half the team’s goals with 14. Her goals are tied for fourth in the class. Following behind Hunsicker, Katie Noman has scored three goals. Denali Berquist, Lauryn Cartis and Allie Peasley each have netted two goals for the Lady Bearcats.
Douglas has the wins, but they didn’t come with ease and very different circumstances.
It’s anyone’s game.
The Lady Outlaws and Lady Bearcats face off in the first round of the Wyoming High School Girls Soccer 3A State Tournament at 9 a.m. today in Jackson.