TORRINGTON — Heading into Thursday, Rawlins High School Girls Soccer (2-0,3-3) only had one win under their belt, and due to the weather, hadn’t seen competition in almost two weeks.
The extra time to prepare would ultimately do more good than harm, defeating Torrington High School (0-2,0-7) and Newcastle High school (0-2,2-3) in their class 3A East Conference openers.
“The extra time, I was nervous about because it was a long time since we played a soccer game, but the girls came out and handled it well,” Rawlins Head Coach Brooke Dotter-Mendez said. “I think the extra practice helped us by getting a better feel of playing together as a team and working on things. But overall, I think the girls were very excited get the chance to play and came out on top.”
Their first performance was nothing but pure energy out the gate, obtaining all of their goals in the first half on Thursday in the 4-1 victory over Torrington.
“Going into the second half was exciting for them to know they had a lead in the game,” Dotterer-Mendez said.
The charge was sparked by none other than the veteran and recent Central Wyoming College signee senior Brooklynn Arnold.
Arnold knocked in the first score of the game for the Lady Outlaws, and followed with a second goal with the assistance of junior Carla Lucero.
The senior started the barrage, but it was the underclassmen who finished it.
The sophomore chemistry kicked in for point three, when Mylee Tanner found McKenzie Earl for a successful attempt at the net. Sophomore Sofie Koepke — an exchange student from Denmark — showed that in her final months of being an RHS student, she’s going to make us remember her name, scoring the final goal for the Lady Outlaws in the beat down of the Lady Trailblazers.
Friday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle in Douglas (a central location) didn’t come as easy, but the sophomores were still rolling from the previous day and would not go home with a loss.
Tanner has an eye for finding her open teammates, hitting classmate Ali Edwards, who brought in the game’s lone-goal to cap off a perfect Lady Outlaws’ weekend.
“It was very exciting to come out with two huge wins this past week,” Dotterer-Mendez said. “I believe the girls know what it takes to win and to be able to compete and make it to the state tournament this year. That is our ultimate goal.”
But they still have a ways to go before the postseason, and three other East opponents to meet with.
The Lady Outlaws played Douglas High School (1-0,4-2) on Tuesday in Rawlins.
“Douglas always has a great team, and it will be nice to see where else we match up in our conference,” Dotterer-Mendez said.
An update on the Rawlins-Douglas matchup will be featured in Saturday’s edition of Rawlins Times.
The Lady Outlaws next game will be a non-conference bout with Pinedale High School (0-4,1-6) at 3 p.m. Friday in Pinedale.