The Lady Braves soccer team, despite being young in many regards, were simply too much for the Rawlins Lady Outlaws over the weekend as they demolished the Carbon County squad 11-0.
The match was played on a neutral field in Evanston, the same site where the Lady Braves set a program record for goals in a game in a 12-0 drubbing of Rawlins last season. Despite the one-sided nature of the afternoon, head coach Sandy Buckstaff took the opportunity to work on execution with his young squad.
“We’re beginning to round into shape,” he said. “We’ll see how we stand next Friday and Saturday when we participate in an in-season tournament in Worland. We’ll play four, full-length games in two days. It should be a good test and provide a good gauge of where we are.”
The ladies scored three times in the first 20 minutes of the match. The first came in just the 4th minute as senior Jessica Woodford scored her first goal after a serious summer injury on a rebound from the Rawlins keeper. The next goal came in the 13th minute from freshman Madi Klein on an indirect kick. Goal #3 came in the 19th minute from Klein as well from the left side. It was the second time in as many games that Klein had scored twice in a game in her young varsity career. Shantay Robinson scored her first of the season in the 24th minute as she snuck one inside the right post.
The Lady Braves built a 5-0 halftime lead on Woodford’s second goal with a left-footed effort in the 31st minute.
The scoring kept coming as the team put in goal #6 in the 41st minute as another freshman, Sarah Walker, scored her first goal of her career. Walker apparently liked the feeling as she scored again just two minutes later for a 7-0 Star Valley lead off a converted corner kick. For good measure, Walker collected a hat trick in the 55th minute with a header. It was the first hat trick from a freshman in school history.
“We put Sarah up front to start the second half thinking that as a defender she wouldn’t really be as much of a scoring threat,” Buckstaff added. “Instead she scored three times in 15 minutes.”
Sophomore Sadie Hokum got into the action with #9 in front of the goal and Desa Inskeep put #10 off a converted cross in the 60th minute.
Klein also collected a hat trick with her third goal in the 61st minute on a direct kick. She also collected two assists in the winning effort. Bailey Sharpe also was credited with assists on two goals.
The Lady Braves did not attempt a shot the rest of the match. The win moved the ladies to 2-1 on the season.
The team will be in Worland this weekend for the Pinnacle Challengers Cup where they will compete in Group D along with Powell and Riverton.
Other teams in attendance will be Cody, Douglas, Jackson, Lander, Pinedale, Evanston, Worland, Newcastle, Green River and Cheyenne South.
The Lady Braves will host Pinedale next Tuesday, April 15 in the first home match of the season.