DAILY NEWS photo by Thomas Watson
Worland Warrior Kaden McElhinny chips the ball ahead of defender Gavin Weyrich during Wednesday’s practice. Worland has two road games this week. They play at Pinedale on Friday and at Star Valley on Saturday.
NEWS photo by Thomas Watson
Cody Baumstarck gets a knee on the ball Wednesday during practice. The Warriors will play their first game in eight days on Friday after a short spring break.
Warriors still control their own destiny
By Thomas Watson
WORLAND – With just over three weeks left in the soccer season,
the Worland Warriors still have six games left on their regular
season schedule, the first of which they will play this Friday
on the road against Pinedale in what will be their first game in
That long layoff produced some good news for Worland’s chances in the 3A Northwest. Powell led the quadrant with a 2-0 record but was upset on Tuesday by Cody, meaning Worland still controls their own destiny. If they beat both Cody and Powell, they will earn a berth in the state tournament.
The Warriors have their shot at Powell on Tuesday after this weekend’s games against Pinedale and Star Valley. They play their final quadrant game on May 6 in Cody.
Head coach Ron Overcast is less concerned with standings and looking ahead as he is with making sure his team takes it day by day, making sure to, in his words, “get better every day.”
The Warriors started the season losing their first three games but have been improving, with a 3-4 record over their last seven games.
“We’re a little bit behind where I wanted us to be (at this point in the season), but we’re getting there,” Overcast said regarding how he feels the team is progressing. “We just need to use each practice and each game to get a little bit better. I think since the Green River tournament, this team is taking steps forward.
“That’s the way we’re going to approach the rest of the season. We can’t worry about who our opponents are and what the records are and all that stuff. We just have to focus on ourselves and get better every time out.”
Overcast is trying to imprint that minute focus onto his team by not letting any game get overlooked.
“Right now, Pinedale is the next game on our schedule. That is the game we have to worry about,” said Overcast. “On Saturday, we’ll worry about Star Valley. Then next Monday we’ll worry about Powell. That’s the only way we can approach it at this point. We just have to stay focused on getting better and the wins will start taking care of themselves.”
Following the final quadrant game against Cody on May 6, Worland will have one final game against Buffalo on Thursday, May 15 – the day before the state qualifying games commence. Should Worland finish behind Cody or Powell in the quadrant, they would play their state qualifier game on Saturday.
“I like playing Buffalo,” said Overcast. The Bison are ranked No. 2 in 3A behind Jackson and have the best goal differential in 3A, outscoring their opponents 28-2 in games through April 13.
“When you get to that point in the season, I just want to keep playing games,” continued Overcast. “It isn’t going to hurt us to play Buffalo (just before the state tournament), unless we get some injuries or something. It could end up blowing up in your face then. We just have to worry about us.”
Normally Worland plays Cody in their last game of the season, but this year the Buffalo and Cody games were pushed back because the original date for the Cody game was the same night as Cody’s senior awards night. The Cody game was then pushed back to May 6, and Buffalo was pushed back a week.
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