Boys soccer: What's at stake going into Class 4A's final weekend


Boys soccer: What's at stake going into Class 4A's final weekend, The race to the top of the Class 4A boys soccer standings sees a contested finish going into the last weekend of the regular season. Whoever emerges as the leader

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The race to the top of the Class 4A boys soccer standings sees a contested finish going into the last weekend of the regular season. Whoever emerges as the leader out of each conference receives a guaranteed spot in the state tournament while every other team needs an additional win at regionals to get in.

That puts the onus on each team to finish the weekend as strong as possible in order to gain the best seeding. So, for some, this is the most climactic weekend of the season. There's climactic and then there's whatever is happening in the 4A West Conference.

Here's a closer look at what each team is playing for:

East Conference

Thunder Basin: The undefeated Bolts are a lock at No. 1. They are six points clear at the top with a game in hand over second-place Central so they can already book their hotel rooms in Jackson if they haven't already.

Cheyenne Central: Central is locked into the No. 2 spot, standing six points clear of Cheyenne East and owning the tiebreaker over the Thunderbirds. A win over Laramie on Wednesday clinched second for the Tribe.

Cheyenne East: The T-Birds can clinch the third seed with at least a draw against Cheyenne South on Thursday night. The worst they can do is fall to fourth and they can only do that with losses to the Bison and to Laramie on Friday.

Laramie: One point ahead of Gillette, the Plainsmen can cement at least the fourth seed by beating East. They could also fall as low as sixth, then they'd be on the slide going into a hosted regional.

Gillette: The Camels can ascend to as high as fourth by beating Thunder Basin on Thursday night. They could also drop to sixth with a loss or draw and a Sheridan win over the Bolts on Friday night.

Sheridan: A win over Gillette earlier this week brought the Broncs life. Sheridan could move into fourth by beating Thunder Basin if Laramie draws or loses to East and Gillette draws or loses to the Bolts.

Cheyenne South: The only way the Bison can move out of last is if Sheridan loses and South sweeps Central and East this weekend. Otherwise, they get the uphill battle of going to regionals as unlucky No. 7.

West Conference

Star Valley: A win on Thursday night doesn't guarantee the Braves the No. 1 seed. For that to happen Kelly Walsh would have to draw or lose to either Rock Springs or Green River. They can't, however, fall below fourth.

Jackson: The Broncs are in a weird position. Beat Star Valley and Evanston and they are in the mix for the No. 1 seed. That's the good news. The bad news is that they could, in theory, fall to fourth.

Kelly Walsh: The Casper Cup win Tuesday means Kelly Walsh can clinch the West Conference on tiebreakers by sweeping Green River and Rock Springs this weekend. Even in a worst-case scenario, though, the Trojans can't finish lower than fourth.

Rock Springs: With a sweep in Casper and a Jackson win over Star Valley the Tigers could potentially force a three-way tie atop the standings. That would see the Tigers get the top seed because that would mean they swept Kelly Walsh this season while Jackson and Star Valley split with the Trojans.

Green River: The Wolves could move as high as No. 3 in the standings by winning both matches this weekend. They could also fall as far as the sixth seed, standing just two points clear of Natrona County going into the Friday night match with the Mustangs.

Natrona County: Guaranteed at least the No. 6 seed, the Mustangs could potentially move as high as fourth by sweeping the weekend. It gets complicated, but someone needs to take points out of the Kelly Walsh-Rock Springs game.

Evanston: The Red Devils are locked into the final spot in the standings with just one match left. They could tie Natrona County in the standings but the Mustangs own the tiebreaker, so Friday's match against Jackson bares little repercussions for Evanston.

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