SHERIDAN — Following their season finale loss to Star Valley, the Cody Fillies were left without a match for two weeks.
They had already clinched their quadrant and a 2017 Wyoming High School Class 3A Girls State Soccer Championship berth, so Cody had to sit and dwell on its only loss of the season.
The Fillies decided they would send a message in Thursday’s quarterfinals and poor Riverton just got in the way.
Cody rushed out to a 3-0 lead before half and cruised the rest of the way to a 7-0 win over the Wolverines at Big Horn Equestrian Center.
“Especially with a loss at the end of the season you don’t know how they’re going to react,” Cody head coach Marian Miears said. “We went hard in practice every day and they responded well.”
Cody advances to play Lander in the semifinals after the Tigers’ dramatic win on Thursday.
Sophomore Molly Fehringer scored in the final 2 minutes to erase Powell’s comeback and force overtime, where freshman forward Abby Renner scored the game winner in the 84th minute to lift the Lady Tigers to a 4-3 overtime victory.
“This wasn’t our finest performance, but we did just enough to get the result,” Lander head coach Gabe Joyes said. “We were one of the teams that was fortunate enough to skip regionals and I think that may have affected us slightly.”
The Tigers will have to play their absolute best to knock off the Fillies in Friday’s semifinal at 2 p.m.
Buffalo advanced with a 3-0 win over Rawlins, sending the Lady Outlaws to the consolation round in the program’s first state tournament appearance.
Worland will meet the Bison in the semifinals after two goals from Casey Wassum pushed her season total to 21 this season, good for second in all of 3A Girls (Cody’s Hannah Bailey scored two as well on Thursday and pushed her total to 25).
Still searching for their first championship in program history, the Torrington TrailBlazers took one large step with a 3-0 win over Buffalo on Thursday.
It all started on the foot of their standout, who entered the tournament with 17 goals and eight assists.
“Nathan Stitt did a really good job,” junior midfielder Ethan Creagar said. “He broke their defense down and scored pretty early. He also played a nice pass on that first goal.”
Stitt’s ball to Devin Flores opened the scoring in the 10th minute before the junior finally scored himself late in the first half.
When he gets going, it gets the rest of his team going.
“He’s incredible to watch and really fun to play with,” Creager said. “The way he can open space and find the gaps to play passes in the midfield is just invaluable to have.”
Torrington will play Worland, whose defense frustrated Riverton enough to upset the Wolverines.
Senior Gain Weyrich scored the match’s lone goal in the 61st minute and the Warriors kept the pressure on after Riverton was forced to play with 10 men starting in the 33rd minute when a second yellow was administered to senior Reed Axthelm.
Lander had the biggest victory of the day for Class 3A boys with a 8-0 win over Douglas. Both Daniel Lobera (3A’s leading scorer) and Jed Welsh scored twice for the Tigers.
Awaiting Lander in the other semifinal is Cody, which need its own theatrics to win.
John Varian scored twice in 2 minutes to take the Broncs from a 1-0 deficit to a 2-1 lead and his team held off the Braves’ charge the rest of the way.