The Cody girls JV soccer team recently wrapped up a successful season with a loss.
The Fillies finished with a 9-0-3 record. The team consisted of just seven players in Anesa Etter, Tayleigh Hopkin, Liberty Laing, Kyla Owen, Brylee Allred, Issie Foot and Isabelle Radakovich.
“Luckily other teams around the state also seemed to face low numbers and had issues fielding an entire JV team,” JV coach Erika Quick said. “So most games we had to play seven versus seven, most of the time with no substitutions for 25 minute halves.”
The Fillies also have some of the varsity players fill in during games later in the season.
“Senior Sidney Stambaugh played a huge role and played any game we needed,” Quick said. “Her knowledge of the game was why she held the position of center mid and she did a great job reading the team’s energy level.
“She would push forward when the team had momentum or help fill or cover a defender if she noticed the defense tiring.”
Megan Boysen and Ashley Johnson also played in games when the Fillies were short numbers, and Maddie Icenogle played two when teams wanted to play 8-on-8.
Cody opened the season with a win over Douglas. Owen and Laing both scored two goals. When the Fillies traveled to Douglas later they ended tied at 0.
The Fillies hosted Pinedale and won. Owen scored two goals and Laing one. On the Pinedale road trip the Fillies also won. Stambaugh finished with three goals, Foote one and Icenogle one.
At Worland, Owen and Foote both scored two goals. When the two teams faced each other in Cody they ended in a 2-2 tie. Johnson and Foote scored the goals.
During a win in Powell Owen scored three goals and Etter one.
The Fillies defeated Riverton 2-1 at home, with Owen scoring both goals. Later in the season in Riverton the team tied at 2. Laing had both goals.
Against Lander the Fillies won the home match, with Owen scoring two and Stambaugh one. On the road they won 6-1. Boysen scored two goals, and Foote, Owen, Stambaugh and Johnson each had one.
The team ran a 2-3-1 formation for the majority of the season.
“I felt confident in running a 2-3-1 as the two defenders (Allred and Hopkin) have solid speed and in the formation they were able to easily defend more through the middle of the field and take their control back from the offense by turning to the outside of the field, creating space and then passing up to midfielders,” Quick said.
Cody’s midfielders were Foote, Laing, Etter and Stambaugh. Etter and Laing also played forward as did Owen.
“The midfielders were also able to get a good feel for transitioning fully between attacking and defending,” Quick said. “We were able to penetrate teams by finding and creating space, which is where Issie, Liberty and Sydnie scored a majority of their goals. This also set up plenty of through balls for the forwards.”
In goal was Radakovich.
“She has not played in the goal for several years, but the first week we could tell she could handle the keeper position. During a foot skills drill, we saw her reach out as a ball almost flew past her head and one-hand palmed it,” Quick said. “We felt she would be a solid fit as a goalkeeper. On the JV field she was able to experience many situations and developed her game and confidence in the goal.”