Cheyenne, WY (KGWN)- Central High School fields a girls soccer team that started the 2014 season with high expectations.
After a runner-up finish at the 2013 state tournament the Indians started this year ranked number 1 in the state.
Not everything has gone as planned though, a 4-4 start has left the Indians out of the rankings heading into an important game against the 2nd ranked East Thunderbirds.
The season has reached its midpoint and the Indians (1-4 in conference play) are faced with the prospect of falling below .500 without a win.
"We've really tried to focus on what we are doing and how to fix like all of our mistakes, overcome the adversity and we've had a lot of injuries and stuff," said Central midfielder Emily Evans. "We're just trying to overcome what's happened and start new."
Sophomore forward Larissa Cussins will miss Friday's game due to an injury.
The Thunderbirds are exactly where you would expect them to be at this point in the season.
Top ranked Laramie High School was able to knock off the defending state champions in the teams only loss. The Thunderbirds are 6-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
This is a home game for East, and the team knows they can't take the foot off the pedal against Central.
"The issue we've always had is that we score and we let up a little bit and they take advantage of that," said East midfielder Elsa Froelicher. "We have to work really hard, to come out hard and to play really hard after we score."
The Indians have been close in all of their losses this season. Each of their four losses were all by one goal.
"We don't have as many girls as we had in the past few years so that's really a kind of a downer but we're working harder at practices now," said Central defender Madison Stumpf.
The Indians are lead on offense by University of Wyoming commit Tristan Tyrrell who has 7 goals and 1 assist. Evans and Madison Barber each have 4 goals, Barber has 7 assists tied for most in the state.
East's top offensive players were last year as well. Makenzie Drake has 7 goals and 4 assists and reigning Gatorade athlete of the year, Rachel Erickson, has 7 goals and 6 assists.
Erickson, a senior who is committed to playing basketball at Black Hills State, knows what it takes to win.
"We just have to play our own game and just work around their weaknesses and try to find open opportunities," Erickson said.
Central beat East in the first boys game 1-0.
The girls will play at 4:00 PM and the boys game will begin once that game has concluded, around 6:00 PM.