It’s something the Tigers have done better than any team in 4A this season, with juniors Taucher, Kylee Knudsen, Nova Moses, Karli Nelson and Brecken Hunsaker all scoring in double digits.
“They don’t need one girl to do it all,” Pyer explained. “They can all come together and support each other.”
This support comes from familiarity. The majority of this year’s squad grew up playing together in the recreational league and club soccer. Now they’re just doing it on a bigger stage. A number of players were an integral part of the 2019 squad which was undefeated until it was lost to eventual state champion Thunder Basin in a semi-final shootout. The Tigers’ quarterfinal victory over Cheyenne East, along with Kelly Walsh’s victory over Laramie, marked the first time since 2009 that a Western Conference team had won a quarterfinal game.
Rock Springs was hoping to build on that success last year before the season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We had high hopes last year before the end of the season,” said Pyer. “But as soon as we got the green light in June to start training, we didn’t look back. They started clicking and playing top football again. “
The Tigers’ style of play is one part of the game as opposed to the “kick-and-chase” style that was prevalent for years for a number of Western Conference teams. Think of it as positionless football.