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Lady Devils regroup after loss to Green River March 28

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 2nd, 2013

Lady Red Devil Adrianna Ramirez plays the ball versus a Green River opponent. Photo by Anna M. Kunz

EVANSTON — After suffering a 6-1 home conference loss to rival Green River on Thursday, March 28, it’s no surprise that the Lady Red Devils soccer squad would be looking at regrouping before their next conference competition this weekend. The good news is that regrouping began in the second half of last Thursday’s game. Five of the Lady Wolves’ six goals were scored in the first half, with the last 40 minutes ending in a 1-1 tie.

“We came out really slowly,” head coach Brian Richins told the Herald.
“Green River is a fast team, but we made them look even faster. I kind of credited the fact that Green River had played both Kelly Walsh and Natrona last week as a contributing factor, and we had not played any 4A competition yet, and I think that showed up right away. I take a lot of the blame. I don’t think I had my girls working in practice for the intensity and speed of the 4A level, so we made a big change in our practice on Friday, in terms of intensity, and just the way we will conduct our practices.”

Tara Fry scored for Evanston in the second half on a free-kick, which Richins described as “a beautiful kick to the top of the net, from 35 to 40 yards out.”

Despite the setback, Richins remains positive and hopeful for the season.

“I expect these girls to respond very well,” he said, “and I think we’ll have one of the more successful seasons in the history of Lady Red Devils soccer.”

The team was scheduled to practice this week during spring break, joining the boys’ teams in traveling to Casper this weekend, April 5 and 6. This is a better scenario, as the coach previously believed his team would not have the opportunity to host the Casper schools, playing Natrona County and Kelly Walsh at neutral sites and at the Casper locations, due to the postponement because of weather conditions, from March 22 and 23. What was agreed upon, among the athletic directors of the schools, was, in effect, swapping the home schedules.

“We’re all going to Casper this weekend, boys and girls, varsity and junior varsity teams,” Richins explained. “We’ll play Natrona on Friday, and then Kelly Walsh on Saturday. The trip we were going to make later on? They’ll now come to us.”

“I’m thinking of talking with coach O’Neill in attempting to never schedule a home competition on that third week in March,” Richins joked. “No matter how promising our weather looks in advance, it always seems to go bad. We haven’t played Natrona at home on that opening weekend in conference in three years.”

Of this weekend’s competition, Richins had this to say: “We’re excited to play those two teams. Natrona is still looking good, although Laramie got them. But that’s just their first loss of the year. They’re a solid crew. They always are.”

The other Casper school you’ll play on Saturday?

“Kelly Walsh seems a little bit shaky,” Richins concluded. “They had a rough go in the beginning, but Jerry does a great job with them, and I would not expect anything less than Kelly Walsh being up and ready to go when they face us.”

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