The Buffalo High School Lady Bison soccer team started last week with a convincing conference win and finished the week with an even more convincing conference victory as they upped their record to 5-1-1 and remained undefeated in conference play.
Buffalo beat Douglas 2-0 on the road last Tuesday and dominated Rawlins 3-0 at home Thursday as they continued to frustrate offenses on the pitch and streak past opposing defenses to punch in goals when they need them the most.
“We had a good week last week,” coach Mike Sauers said of the surging Lady Bison group. “The field in Douglas was bigger and we had more room to do the things we can do. And we hadn’t played on our home field since Powell that first weekend. We had forgotten what it was like to play on our home field.”
The Lady Bison might have had the Douglas team that stole the conference championship from Buffalo last season in jackalope country on their minds as they headed south early last week.
The Lady Cats had been on a roll this season as well, sitting atop the 3A East with a pair of conference wins and no conference losses.
Freshman Maggie Olsen knocked in the first goal against Douglas. Olsen stole a rebound off a Kendra Shultze shot and put it in the back of the net after 32 minutes of play. Teaghen Sweckard put the Lady Cats away with a goal a few minutes later.
“Teaghen got a beautiful goal off a Kendra Shultze assist,” Sauers said. “They kind of just built up from the midfield, Kendra hit her with a give and go and Teaghen split the defenders and buried it in the back of the net.”
Two goals against the Lady Cats was plenty as the defense continued to frustrate another opponent and close the door on any opportunities Douglas thought they had.
The Lady Bison have given up just two goals in their last five contests, both of them against Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
“Our defense played so well,” Sauers said. “Before the game we talked about the four girls in the back shutting down their best player and we shouldn’t have a problem. We did that and got away with the win.”
The defense didn’t take a moment off against Rawlins at home on a blustery Thursday afternoon. The Lady Outlaws struggled for any kind of possession time and spent nearly every minute fending off the Lady Bison attack. After a scoreless first half the Lady Bison opened up the offense in the second.
Sweckard shook off defenders and drove down the middle to drill in the first Lady Bison goal in the second half. Moments later, Addy Sweckard passed to Olsen whobeat a defender down the left side, drew the goalie out and hammered a shot inside the far post.
With Rawlins unable to mount any kind of response, Olsen again beat a defender down the right side and tapped a perfect cross to Shultze who hammered it home for the third Lady Bison goal.
“That whole first half with the wind at our back we kept passing the ball out of bounds, passing it too long or just playing passes longer that we should,” Sauers said. “In that second half with the wind in our faces it forced us to make better passes to each other and connect on more passes. We played our game a lot better in the second half.”
The Lady Outlaws struggled to keep the ball away from their end of the field the entire game. The three second-half Buffalo goals were more than they needed to get the win.
The Lady Bison are undefeated in conference play but face a busy non-conference schedule this week with one conference matchup on Saturday. Buffalo played Campbell County on Tuesday in Gillette to make up a canceled game two weeks ago against Mountain View/Lyman. Friday they head to Worland for a rematch against the Lady Warriors who played the Lady Bison to a tie earlier in Buffalo’s first home game. Saturday the Lady Bison host Torrington.
“The game against Campbell County will be against some of the speed we haven’t seen for a while,” Sauers said. “The last time we played that kind of speed was against Cody who is still the favorite in 3A. That will be a good matchup for us and help us in the long run.”