Early in their final soccer game of the regular season on Saturday, the Fillies didn’t look like their usual selves on the field.
Unable to string passes together and lacking energy, Cody let Worland control the game early. But the top team in the state eventually came around as Cody defeated the Lady Warriors 4-0 on Saturday to close out the regular season.
“Worland came out hard and we started slow,” senior Megan Boysen said. “It was good for us to face that before going into state.”
It was a nice send-off for Brylee Allred, Brittan Bower, Boysen, Emma Nieters and Torrie Schutzman, who played their final home game as seniors.
“It’s a little sad after not getting a junior season,” Boysen said. “I’m going to miss it, but this is a good way to finish.”
“In fall sports, you don’t really feel it as much, but in two weeks we graduate for real,” Allred added. “Wow, we’re at the end of it all.”
The Fillies (13-1-1) got off to a slow start and the Lady Warriors took advantage of the lack of intensity, creating shot opportunities and controlling possession for much of the first 15 minutes.
“It was nice to be able to play with everyone,” Allred said. “We started off slow, but then we got it together.”
Coach Marian Miears said it took time for the team to adjust back to a more open field after playing last week at Mountain View, as its field seems smaller.
Cody finally started to string passes together late in the half and began taking more shots. Finally in the 38th minute the Fillies broke through when Autumn Wilson scored on a header off a corner kick by Ally Boysen to take a 1-0 lead into the half.
“After the first goal there’s relief and then things started falling into place,” Boysen said.
Cody started the second half much stronger than the first, controlling possession, creating space and using more of the field.
“When we pass like that no one can guard us,” Miears said. “Worland was pressing so much that in the first five minutes they were exhausted.”
In the 50th minute Ally Boysen scored with a shot from the 20 yard line into the right side of the net.
The Fillies made it 3-0 in the 68th when a shot by Jessa Lynn deflected off a Worland defender into the net, and Cody’s final goal came in the 70th with another outside shot from Boysen, this time from the 18.
“We had quite a few shots on goal,” Boysen said. “We stepped up the intensity as a team.”
The Fillies continued to create chances until time ran out.
“We worked hard and had more energy and intensity,” Miears said of the second half. “We connected passes instead of just passing it off (Worland’s) shins.”
She was happy to send the seniors out on a win.
“They’ve been through a lot after not having a season last year,” she said. “They’ve learned to be leaders and they have fun while doing it.”
Cody has earned the top seed from the west heading to state in Cheyenne this week. The Fillies take on No. 4 Torrington (6-8) on Thursday in the opening round.