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


Girls soccer: What's at stake going into Class 4A's final weekend, This weekend marks the regular-season finale for all Class 4A teams. While no team will be eliminated from postseason contention since all 4A squads make their respective regional tournaments, seeding

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This weekend marks the regular-season finale for all Class 4A teams. While no team will be eliminated from postseason contention since all 4A squads make their respective regional tournaments, seeding remains important. The top team from both conferences receives a first-round bye and the subsequent automatic berth into the state tournament. And since most teams have two games remaining, that leaves a lot of room for movement in the standings before teams converge on Laramie and Casper next weekend.

A good weekend could see a worthy side punch a ticket to Jackson while a bad weekend could ultimately cost a team a guaranteed spot in the state tournament.

So here's a quick breakdown of what's at stake for each team going into the all-important weekend:

East Conference

Cheyenne Central: The defending state champions currently stand atop the conference with 27 points. That could grow to 30 if the Tribe beat Laramie late Thursday night. If they were to do that, and Cheyenne East were to lose Thursday night, Central would clinch the top seed before the season finale on Friday. Mathematically, Central can do no worse than finish third.

Cheyenne East: East sits with 24 points going into Thursday night's game. The T-Birds can still win the conference and are guaranteed to finish no worse than third. Of course, with a favorable match against rival Cheyenne South on Thursday, it's likely East will push the race for the top spot to Friday night's finale.

Thunder Basin: The Bolts can still win the conference so long as Central doesn't win either of its remaining matches and East doesn't sweep its two matches. They host Gillette and Sheridan back-to-back to finish the season, already eight points ahead of fourth.

Laramie: They can only fall to fifth by losing to Central and East while Sheridan beats Thunder Basin. In reality they'll finish fourth or fifth, which means the Plainsmen will play fourth- or fifth-seed Sheridan at regionals. And that could be fun since the two split the season series.

Sheridan: Beating Gillette on Tuesday clinched at least the fifth-seed at regionals for the Broncs, meaning they avoid Central, East and Thunder Basin for a shot at state. Defeat the Bolts on Friday and Sheridan gets to be the home team against Laramie at Deti Stadium in the first round of regionals.

Gillette: The Camels have had a trying season and could still fall to last if South sweeps Central and East. In lieu of that improbable result, however, their 7 conference points aligns them against the No. 3 spot at regionals.

Cheyenne South: South beat Gillette 1-0 in April for its only win this year. Still, the Bison can only hurdle the Camels in the standings by beating Central and East this weekend. In all likelihood, they'll take on the No. 2 seed next weekend.

West Conference

Rock Springs: The undefeated Tigers lead Kelly Walsh by 3 points and control their own destiny. They can't fall below second and can clinch the conference championship on Friday, due to tiebreakers, as long as they don't lose to Natrona County.

Kelly Walsh: A Casper Cup win moved the Trojans to within striking distance of Rock Springs. They are guaranteed to finish at least second with the outside possibility of winning the conference if they sweep the weekend and Rock Springs loses on Friday.

Jackson: Eight points adrift from Kelly Walsh, they are locked into third due to tiebreakers. So even if they lose to Evanston, and Green River wins both of its remaining games, Jackson gets the nod having swept the Wolves.

Star Valley: Beating Evanston earlier this week pushed the Braves ahead of Green River, but a loss to Jackson on Thursday afternoon locked them into the fourth spot.

Green River: The Wolves can't do better than fourth but could fall to sixth. They trail Star Valley by a single point in the standings with a game in hand, so they control their own ascent or fall with a tough match against Kelly Walsh looming.

Natrona County: Due to four draws and an overtime loss, the Fillies enter the last weekend with eight points. They are guaranteed sixth place due to tiebreakers but could move to as high as fourth should they sweep Rock Springs and Green River.

Evanston: The winless Red Devils have just Star Valley on the slate remaining, meaning they are locked into the No. 7 seed at regionals.

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