Laramie Soccer Signees Are Excited For Their Opportunities
Five Laramie High School soccer players are getting a chance to continue with their desire to play the game at the collegiate level.
In a signing ceremony Wednesday night, seniors Hope Gonzales, Lindsey Meyers, Lexi Pulley, Kyle Reynolds and Sekoya Romero signed their National Letters of Intent in front of friends, family and other supporters at Laramie High School.
Pulley and Romero signed with Division I institutions, while Meyers and Reynolds are going Division II and Gonzales is head to an NAIA Division I school.
The three-time All-State performer and reigning Wyoming Girls Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year, Pulley is heading to Northern Colorado to play for the Bears. She follows in the footsteps of her older sister Jacqui, who just finished her senior season last fall.
Lexi said, “It means a lot to me, and I’m really excited to play with this team that my sister has been on for four years now, so I’m just really excited and ready for the experience.”
Pulley mentioned leaving town and going to a place where she has other family members played a role in her decision to go with UNC. She has originally gave a verbal commitment to the University of Wyoming in the summer of 2016.
The Cowgirls are getting one of Laramie’s dynamic duo, as Romero chose to stay at home and sign with UW.
Sekoya said coming off her injury last year and not playing her junior season, plus her love of soccer made this an easy decision.
“I knew that I didn’t want to end (my soccer career) in high school, because I only got play two years, hopefully my second year, so I wanted to go on still and play at Wyoming where all my family’s at.”
Romero said she grew up watching the Cowgirls, and it’s hard to believe she’ll be playing their next season. Sekoya was injured her freshman season, as well, but did earn All-State honors her sophomore season.
Meyers is headed to Montana State-Billings to play for the Yellowjackets and head coach Stephen Cavallo.
Meyers said it’s about, “Taking advantage of this opportunity since I love playing soccer.”
She added that her decision was easier based on mainly on Coach Cavallo and getting a chance to play for him.
The final Lady Plainsmen that signed Wednesday was Hope Gonzales, who is going to Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT and play for the Battlin’ Bears.
Gonzales said, “I’ve been playing since I was eight years old, and it’s gotten me through a lot, so I’m just really excited that I got the chance to go on to the next level. I hope soccer’s in my future for as long as I can have it.”
The relationship with her new coach Richard Duffy, her future teammates and what she wants to study were all major factors in her choice.
The final signee was the lone Plainsmen, Kyle Reynolds. The two-time All-State performer chose the University of Mary Marauders in Bismarck, ND.
Reynolds it’s always been a childhood dream of his to play at the next level.
“I definitely think that taking it to a different step is just a great honor, and I’m really honored to represent my town and my family in that way.”
He also pointed to getting away from home, and how he liked the school and head coach Dave Cook he’ll be attending and playing for.
All five will be heading into their senior seasons this spring. The Laramie High School soccer teams begin practice March 5. Both teams begin the season March 17 against Riverton.