The Cody boys JV soccer team had a successful year, sending multiple players up to the varsity ranks over the course of the season and showing improvement over the course of the season.
“We played really well,” coach Ryan Nelson said. “We didn’t have a bad game. I think overall I thought we had a really good, successful season.”
The team finished with a 9-2-1 record on the season, splitting a pair of games with Powell and Riverton in their only losses.
Nelson said Tucker Lynn and Hunter Robbins were effective from the striker and midfield positions, leading the team’s offensive efforts.
“They were a pretty good combination for me,” Nelson said.
In his first year ever playing soccer Matt Sandoval also starred for the Broncs.
“From … telling him how to play soccer to the last JV game we had, he made a great improvement there,” Nelson said.
Sandoval showed so much improvement over the course of the season that he even made it in for a few minutes of varsity time towards the end of the year.
“It felt good,” Sandoval said after earning significant minutes in a big varsity game against Powell.
Cody Downer led the Broncs in goal, his first season as a goalie. Though Nelson said the sophomore has a long way to go, his season was exemplary of what junior varsity play is all about: developing skills and earning experience.
“He played pretty solid on a JV level.” Nelson said. “Had some great saves.”
Downer, a sophomore, also earned varsity time in wins against Pinedale and Douglas.
For freshman Sterling Banks, Joshua Caulton, Cameron Dominick, Jake Edgar, Garrett Kalkowski, Brennan Polley, Alex Prill and Jaemy Wright, it was their first time playing high school soccer. Wyatt Becker, Braydon Bond, Michael Brantz, Carson Davis, Parker Goodwin and Reese Ward made up some of the older contingency on the team.
Nelson said his team enjoyed their season. Winning most of their games certainly didn’t hurt the team’s chemistry.
“I think they had fun, because you know, winning’s fun,” Nelson said.