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The Natrona County faithful, who just 10 minutes prior roared at every Filly clearance, quietly sat back down into Cheney Alumni Field’s orange bleachers.

Rock Springs sophomore forward Alyssa Bedard was the reason, having just turned a scoreless tie into a two-goal advantage in less than three minutes. The upset-minded Fillies continued to charge and the crowd responded, if only as a courtesy.

The Tigers arrived in Casper on Friday with a goal in mind. They left on Saturday afternoon as the Class 4A West Conference favorites following a 7-0 dismantling of Natrona County.

Bedard solidified herself as the West Conference’s premier goal scorer for the second game in a row, finishing with seven in total this weekend (four on Saturday).

The first broke a scoreless deadlock that lasted for nearly 18 minutes. Rock Springs had the better chances but the Fillies defense proved capable of stopping the Tigers’ attack. Natrona County slowed down Rock Springs with midfielders dropping into the middle and fullbacks defending closer to the touchlines.

“They were winning 50-50 balls,” Natrona County head coach Lydia Bell said of the Fillies’ early effort, “they were covering their marks well and they were trying to connect passes with each other.”

Then, the Tigers broke through. Bedard found enough space from her signature angle just outside the 18-yard box and looped a shot past freshman goalkeeper Hannah Trumbull’s leaping reach. Following a midfield turnover by the Fillies, Bedard received the ball in open space just outside the top of the box and ripped a shot on net. Hit with force, the ball still went into the back of the net despite Trumbull touching it with both hands.

Natrona County stiffened and didn’t allow another goal until the waning moments of the half. Sophomore Annika Syvrud found herself alone and ripped a shot from 35 yards out that Trumbull couldn’t get to. Less than two minutes later Bedard completed her first-half hat trick with a breakaway goal just before halftime.

“I like taking those shots from outside,” Bedard said. “And it feels really good when you’ve got good passes coming, it gives you confidence.”

Fatigue had become an issue for the Fillies. The first two goals happened near the 20-minute mark and the following two goals happened within 3 minutes of halftime. Syvrud scored her second of the game barely 3 minutes into the second half but the two goals after that also came at the midway point of the second half.

Less than 20 hours earlier the Fillies pulled out a crucial overtime victory against Green River in frigid conditions. On Saturday, they started well but couldn’t sustain the energy.

“That was difficult because a lot of time it’s about their frame of mind when they go into play,” Bell said. “They can go in and compete with a good team if they are prepared for it. But if they aren’t prepared for it then we can’t connect passes. So we’re trying to find a happy medium from game to game so we’re not so inconsistent.”

Halfway through the conference season Rock Springs stands atop the standings with Kelly Walsh just a game behind. The Trojans, who lost to Rock Springs on Friday night, defeated Green River on Saturday. Natrona County, thanks to Friday’s victory, currently sits in fourth place in the conference standings ahead of Green River and Evanston.

Bell knows it’s a matter of improvement with just three weeks remaining before regionals. And she knows the point of emphasis for the next week.

“Passing, making sure they can move down the field and pass,” she said. “We played a lot of boot ball, we can’t depend on one or two players to carry our team, we all have to be present.

“I think for the first 18 minutes everybody was present, but then as we got tired we depended on one or two players and we have to step away from that.”

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Fillies Tracker

SATURDAY: Rock Springs 7, Natrona County 0.

RECORDS: Tigers 9-1-0 (5-0-0 Class 4A West) Fillies 2-5-1 (2-3-0 4A West).

BEDARD’S SHOW: Rock Springs sophomore Alyssa Bedard scored another four goals on Friday, giving her seven on the weekend and 22 for the season.

SHE SAID IT: “They can go in and compete with a good team if they are prepared for it. But if they aren’t prepared for it then we can’t connect passes. So we’re trying to find a happy medium from game to game so we’re not so inconsistent.” — NC head coach Lydia Bell.

ROCK SPRINGS 7, NATRONA COUNTY 0

RS 4 3 7

NC 0 0 0

First half: RS, Alyssa Bedard (Annika Syvrud), 17:18 RS, Alyssa Bedard (Elizabeth Hamilton), 19:53 RS, Annika Syvrud (Margaret Hamilton), 37:06 RS, Alyssa Bedard (Caitlin Stout), 38:39.

Second half: RS, Annika Syvrud (Lauren Profiazer), 43:11 RS, Kia Comstock, 57:19 RS, Alyssa Bedard, 62:16.

Shots: Rock Springs 18, Natrona County 7 Shots on goal: Rock Springs 12, Natrona County 4 Saves: Rock Springs 4 (Alyssa Vigil, Shyanne Kirkwood), Natrona County 5 (Hannah Trumbll, Grace Roberts) Corners: Rock Springs 2, Natrona County 1 Fouls: Rock Springs 7, Natrona County 4 Offsides: Rock Springs 0, Natrona County 1.

Fact box

Fillies Tracker

SATURDAY: Rock Springs 7, Natrona County 0.

RECORDS: Tigers 9-1-0 (5-0-0 Class 4A West) Fillies 2-5-1 (2-3-0 4A West).

BEDARD’S SHOW: Rock Springs sophomore Alyssa Bedard scored another four goals on Friday, giving her seven on the weekend and 22 for the season.

SHE SAID IT: “They can go in and compete with a good team if they are prepared for it. But if they aren’t prepared for it then we can’t connect passes. So we’re trying to find a happy medium from game to game so we’re not so inconsistent.” — NC head coach Lydia Bell.

ROCK SPRINGS 7, NATRONA COUNTY 0

RS 4 3 7

NC 0 0 0

First half: RS, Alyssa Bedard (Annika Syvrud), 17:18 RS, Alyssa Bedard (Elizabeth Hamilton), 19:53 RS, Annika Syvrud (Margaret Hamilton), 37:06 RS, Alyssa Bedard (Caitlin Stout), 38:39.

Second half: RS, Annika Syvrud (Lauren Profiazer), 43:11 RS, Kia Comstock, 57:19 RS, Alyssa Bedard, 62:16.

Shots: Rock Springs 18, Natrona County 7 Shots on goal: Rock Springs 12, Natrona County 4 Saves: Rock Springs 4 (Alyssa Vigil, Shyanne Kirkwood), Natrona County 5 (Hannah Trumbll, Grace Roberts) Corners: Rock Springs 2, Natrona County 1 Fouls: Rock Springs 7, Natrona County 4 Offsides: Rock Springs 0, Natrona County 1.

Follow sports reporter Brady Oltmans on Twitter @BradyOltmans

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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