First Soccer Rankings Of The 2013 Season
The jamborees had some say as to which teams are ranked in the first top 5 coaches and media polls.
After missing out on the state tournament for the last 3 years, Gillette made an opening weekend statement, going 3-0 at the Casper Jamboree, and did not give up a goal. The Camels start the season ranked #1. East also did not allow a ball into the net, but managed to only get 1 win and 2 ties, so the Thunderbirds check in at #2. One vote separated each spot from #3 to #5. Sheridan, Central and Kelly Walsh occupy those spots, while Riverton missed out by 1 vote. The big game this weekend has the #4 Indians visiting #2 East on Friday.
Defending champ Jackson has their top 2 offensive threats back and looked good in Casper this past weekend. The Broncs grab all, but 1 first place vote to lay claim to #1. Lander got that other vote, after going 3-0 at the Worland Jamboree and the Tigers are #2. The top 2 teams meet in an early season clash this Friday at Lander, with the winner hoping to claim a unanimous #1 ranking next week. Meanwhile, Buffalo and Worland comprise the middle of the rankings at #3 and #4, and Pinedale starts the season ranked #5 after a 2-0 weekend. The Wranglers had their 3rd game in Worland this past weekend, called due to bad weather, but did enough to satisfy the voters for now.
Ten of 12 teams played on opening weekend, and only 1 went undefeated. That was Natrona, who went 2-0 with 1 tie at the Casper Jamboree. The teams they played was what impressed the voters, so the Fillies get the #1 ranking to start the season. Gillette is #2. Although they went 0-2 to start the season, both of Central's losses were against good Colorado competition. We'll find out if they are deserving of their ranking this Friday, when they visit #4 East. Finally Sheridan takes the #5 ranking, by 1 vote ahead of Green River. The Lady Wolves will get their chance to prove themselves this weekend, when they host the #1 Natrona on Friday, to start conference play. All 4A girls teams received at least 1 vote. On a side note, Laramie starts their season on Friday and their first 3 games take them through the meat grinder...at #2 Gillette Friday, at #5 Sheridan on Saturday, and then at #1 Natrona on Tuesday.
Fresh off of their first title in school history, the Fillies are the #1 ranked team, but Jackson is not far behind them at #2, as the Lady Broncs aim to reclaim the trophy they held for 4 years prior. Lander comes in at #3 and host Jackson this Friday, which should make for a good double-header with the boys. Star Valley and Powell, check in at #4 and #5. Buffalo missed out by 1 vote, but have a chance to stake their claim, when they host Powell on Friday, and visit Cody on Saturday.