2013 Soccer Rankings – Week 4
4A boys saw a shake-up in the polls last week...and both genders in 3A could see the same thing after this week is over.
As before, the East Conference dominates the polls. Last weekend Gillette sent a message to the rest of the state. The Camels missed out on the state tournament, in each of the past 3 years, but they're back and they're for real, as the unanimous #1 ranked team. Laramie is the unanimous #2. Both Plainsmen and Camels can not afford to look ahead to next weekend's clash in Campbell County, because both teams have matters to deal with this weekend. On Friday, Gillette travels to #4 Sheridan, in their only game of the week, and for the Broncs, it's the second straight weekend that they will host a #1 ranked team. Meanwhile Laramie travels to #3 Central on Friday and host #5 East on Saturday. The Thunderbirds will be out on a mission of redemption, as the voters came down hard on last week's #1 ranked team...but when you get shut out in 2 straight games...a huge drop in the polls can be expected.
Despite not having played in 4 weeks, Jackson still retains the #1 ranking, and will finally return to action this weekend. The Broncs have all but 1 of the #1 votes. They along with #5 Star Valley, head to Park County this weekend, to play Cody and Powell. Actually the poll is unchanged from last week, as Buffalo, Lander and Worland hold at #2, #3 and #4 respectively. A big game of interest is Saturday, when #3 Lander plays at #2 Buffalo.
Boys National Rankings:
The latest rankings by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, keep Jackson ranked at #13 nationally.
In Region 3 (teams from Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska and Iowa), the Broncs are still #3, while Gillette moves up 1 spot to #7.
Top ranked Laramie will get a good stern test this weekend, vs. their Cheyenne rivals. The Lady Plainsmen play home vs. #4 Central on Friday, then travel to #3 East. Natrona holds at #2, but they may have found their offense after scoring 21 goals in 3 games last week. The Fillies will go across town to play rival Kelly Walsh on Thursday. Green River cracks the rankings at #5, bumping Gillette out, however those 2 teams will look to settle that issue this Saturday in Sweetwater County. Before that though, GR has to take care of rival Rock Springs at home, while Gillette travels to Sheridan, in what should be a weird weekend road trip for the Lady Camels.
Most of the attention this weekend will be on this poll, as all 5 ranked teams play each other. #1 will host #2 twice, as defending champ Cody (and unranked Powell), hosts both Star Valley and Jackson, who are tied for the #2 ranking. SV leads the state in goals scored with 34, while Cody is the only team remaining, that has yet to give up a goal. Meanwhile, #4 Lander plays at #5 Buffalo on Saturday.
Girls National Rankings:
No Wyoming teams are ranked nationally in the latest NSCAA polls, but Laramie is #9 in Region 5 (Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, California and Alaska).