The goal is a second state championship in three seasons. The path will not be an easy one for the Laramie Lady Plainsmen at state soccer this weekend in Jackson.

This senior class has achieved a lot in its time at LHS. They won a title in 2016 and also have a runner-up and third place finish to their credit. Now it’s time to put the final touches on an outstanding four-year run.

Laramie is the No. 3 seed from the East Conference and will play No. 2 seed from the West Conference and host Jackson Broncs Thursday at 2 p.m. on Field 3. The Lady Plainsmen enter with a 9-6-1 overall record, while the Broncs are 11-5-2 this season.

Senior captains and All-State players Sekoya Romero and Lexi Pulley visited with KOWB’s David Settle about the state tournament. Pulley believes they can handle the pressure. Romero said they’re not trying to think about the final matches in their high school career. They also talked about facing Jackson on their home turf and some of the keys they have this weekend.

Laramie head coach Kim Whisenant believes her squad can handle the pressure of the state tournament.

“Every game we set out, we seem to get better in different areas. We seem to complete games more now than we have in the past (earlier this season), so that’s a good upside for us. Yeah, looking forward to playing on Thursday against a different team, and hopefully move on and keep going.”

The Lady Plainsmen and Broncs haven’t played each other this season or in Coach Whisenant’s tenure at LHS. She admitted it is tough to draw the host team on their field in the first round.

“These kids seem to find a way to jump at it, come the first whistle. I’m hoping that we’re ready for it, whether it’s a home-field advantage or not.”

Whisenant said it’s about playing your best soccer at the end of the season, and that’s what they’re going for.

As for trying to accomplish the feat of winning another title? Whisenant said, “You gotta believe, and they have to believe. We gotta just keep plugging away and just keep fighting, keep grinding. This team shows a lot of grit, and I’m hoping we can continue with that.”

The Lady Plainsmen program has at or near the top of 4A soccer for over a decade now. Laramie has not finished outside the top three since 2006. In that span, they’ve won four titles, the most recent came two years ago. They’d love to come home with another trophy, hopefully, the top one, yet again.