Lady Red Devil soccer suffers loss to Thunder Basin

Lady Red Devil senior Sierra Burleigh (22) with a header in Natrona County territory on March 22, as freshman Abbie Rigby (15) moves into position. The match ended in a 1-1 tie. Lady Red Devil soccer will travel to Rock Springs on April 2 for its next competition in a 4A West Conference showdown vs. the 6-0 Lady Tigers. (COURTESY PHOTO/Tracy Burleigh)

EVANSTON — Lady Red Devil soccer received a last-minute opportunity to travel to Riverton for a neutral-site setting to battle the Thunder Basin Lady Bolt this past Tuesday, March 26, as did the Red Devil boys’ team. EHS ran into a buzzsaw as the Lady Bolts picked up a 10-0 win.

“They scored five goals in the first 20 minutes,” first-year head soccer coach Karalyn Barton told the Herald.

“We had three girls who had been sick, but it still shouldn’t have ended that badly. It was very disheartening,” Barton added.

The coach said her girls were aware that Thunder Basin was a very good team. The Lady Bolts were the Class 4A state runner-up last season, falling to Cheyenne Central, 2-0, in the title match. They avenged that loss on March 23 of this season with a 3-1 victory over Central, and also blasted Natrona County, 11-0, in the season opener on March 19. Thunder Basin’s lone setback took place on March 22 when they were defeated, 3-2, by Cheyenne East to stand 3-1 on the early season. Doing the quick math, they have outscored the competition by a whopping 26-4 tally so far.

The Lady Red Devils are still seeking the first win of the season at 0-2-1, falling to Kelly Walsh, 5-1, and tying Natrona County, 1-1, last weekend. They hope to secure that first victory on Tuesday, April 2, as EHS will travel to Rock Springs for a conference showdown against the Lady Tigers. That will not be an easy task, however, as Rock Springs is a perfect 6-0 on the season, and the Lady Tigers have not allowed a goal to be scored against them. Rock Springs has scored a combined 28 goals against the likes of Jackson, Star Valley, the Lyman JV team, Cody, Riverton and Worland.

“We started fighting, so I was proud of our girls for that, but it took us 20 minutes to wake up,” Barton said.

“Thunder Basin is a possession team and they make really good runs off the ball. Rock Springs is similar in their attack, so even though the score was so lopsided, it was good for us to get out on the grass and compete against a team the caliber of Thunder Basin before we go up against Rock Springs,” Barton stated.

“We’ll have some experience against that style of play, the quick passes and the runs off the ball,” she added.

For Thunder Basin, Grace Roswadovksi scored four goals and had an assist. Kennedy Ayers scored twice and had four assists. DeLaney Hallcroft scored two goals and had two assists. Aaliyah Measles and Samara each scored a goal while Aaliyah and Peyton Roswadovski both had an assist, as well. Hallcroft has signed a national letter of intent to play soccer at the University of Wyoming. She is on a team that plays soccer on a year-round basis, for the most part. In other words, not many of  the Lady Bolts are multi-sport athletes, and choose instead to specialize in soccer.

“They are a very good team,” Barton reiterated, “but we made them look great.” 

The coach did point to some positives in seeing her team become more competitive as the game progressed and in discovering some glaring weaknesses the team can work on right away before the match in Rock Springs.

“Right after the game I was embarrassed, but after analyzing things, I learned a great deal about our team and what we can work on right now, so we’re much better prepared to go play another solid team in Rock Springs. I’m very grateful we had the opportunity to go play Thunder Basin early on,” Barton said.

The match will get underway at  5 p.m. at Tiger Stadium in Rock Springs on April 2. Lady Red Devil soccer will then travel back to Sweetwater County on Friday, April 5, to face the Lady Wolves of Green River, also scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.

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