Every week there seems to be a new first for the young Lady Bearcats’ soccer program.
There have been first wins, shutouts, scoring and assist records.
Douglas checked two off the list Friday in Worland, knocking off 3A rival Lander 1-0 in the second round of the Pinnacle Challengers Cup — what some call a preview of the state tournament.
“Shutting out Lander was huge for us,” head coach Ron Wagner said. “We’ve never beat them on a varsity level, so that was a thrill.”
Taylor Henwood once again found the back of the net for the Lady Bearcats in the win over Lander. Henwood, who has six goals this season, broke the school’s all-time season scoring record in Washakie County. The previous leader was Kim Anderson with five.
There was plenty of good news for Douglas (2-5, 0-2) in the toughest tournament in the state, but there were also a few setbacks.
The Lady Bearcats opened with an 8-0 loss to 4A Green River, and closed with back-to-back losses to conference rival Buffalo (9-1) and a surprising shutout loss to Rawlins, 1-0.
Wagner was disappointed in the outcome, but said he was happy with his team’s resolve against Lander, especially.
“This team has a great heart,” he said. “We focus on short-term memory and not allowing mistakes to stay on our mind. We knew Green River was going to be a tough opponent, so we weren’t surprised at their ability. But not allowing that game to dictate our effort against Lander was a great example of how resilient this team really is.”
Senior Hannah Ramsey said it was also a chance for her team to see where it stands just a couple of weeks into the season.
“We took away from this tournament how important it is to communicate and work together, as a team,” Ramsey said. “Our motto this year is ‘Us against the world.’ We can only accomplish this when we work together as a team. I strongly believe we can.”
Ramsey said confidence is still high on the team with big tilts against Torrington and Star Valley on the horizon. The senior said she sees constant growth from the girls every week.
“We are still very confident that we will pick up some more wins,” she said. “We have very promising athletes, and more talent than past years. We believe that we can do this.”
Wagner said his team came out of Worland “a little banged up,” but called it a good learning experience against some of the top teams in the state.
Keeping a positive mind set is what’s important right now, according to Wagner.
“It is imperative that we find the good things, use them to get better and refocus, quickly,” he said. “We feel like (Torrington) is a game we can win, so we need to bounce back and give our best effort.”