Posted at 11 a.m., Dec. 5, 2013

Saying farewell

Photo by Kasey Orr

Holding the flowers, taking the torch:
Freshman stalwart goalkeeper Jesse Bishop plays keeper of the flowers for the farewell appreciation ceremony. With 11 shutouts this season, Bishop is one of the players who will return next year to attempt to carry on the winning tradition the Golden Eagles have worked to create.

Soccer seniors honored before friends,
family, fans

At halftime, during the final home game, the Laramie County Community College Golden Eagles’ women’s soccer team—in which they pummeled Western Nebraska Community College 6–0—honored its graduating sophomore players.

Asked to gather in front of the stands and joined by their parents, the team took time to thank each player for her dedication.

Freshman keeper Jesse Bradley took a bucket of yellow roses, and, one by one, head Coach Jim Gardner presented them to each sophomore along with a hug.

Those members of the team from foreign countries whose parents were unable to attend were not left standing on the field alone. Former assistant coaches, parents of other players and host families stood with the team to ensure their parents were represented.

“The parents really take [the exchange students] under their wing,” Gardner said.

The soccer field was filled with big smiles supported by the crowd’s encouraging applause.

Meanwhile, freshmen players looked on, realizing it was time to pick up where their elder teammates left off.

Admitting the idea belonged to an assistant coach, Gardner said he was happy with the ceremony and felt the team appreciated it. He plans to make it a tradition in coming years.

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