ROCK SPRINGS – After having 10 girls honored as all-conference, the Rock Springs High School girls soccer team is being rewarded with even greater news. Coaches from around the state voted four Tigers onto the 2019 all-state team: Kia Comstock, Liliana Hernandez, Alyssa Bedard and Emily Taucher.
“These girls deserve it,” RSHS head coach Stephen Pyer said. “They all worked extremely hard and it’s great to see them being rewarded.”
As a four-year starter on the back line, this is Comstock’s first time being selected onto the all-state team. In her final year with the Tigers, Comstock scored three goals and recorded eight assists.
“Kia really stepped up her game this year,” Pyer said. “Every game we played, she completely dominated the left side of the field. She can make almost every kick and has proven to be an elite athlete.”
Not only does Comstock’s kick make her dangerous on the field, but her knowledge of the game is extremely high. The senior captain did a great job keeping the Tigers defense alert and prepared for almost any situation.
“She’s got a ton of experience,” Pyer said. “That’s what also makes her such a great leader.”
For four years now Pyer has sat comfortably knowing who he had playing at left back. For the first time since taking over the position, the four-year head coach will have to fill that vacant position.
“I’m not sure who will be in that spot come next season. I just know whoever it is, they will have some big shoes to fill,” Pyer said.
Another slot that will be wide open come next March is the center-mid position. This past year, Hernandez took control of that role and proved to be the best person for the job.
“Liliana was our missing key,” Pyer said. “She played outstanding soccer all season long. Her ability to pass the ball is second to none. Not only that, but she possess the ball extremely well. I cant count how many times she set us up for success this past year.”
As a senior, Hernandez tallied five goals and added 10 assists for the Tigers.
Moving forward, it will hurt losing Comstock and Hernandez. However, Pyer and the rest of the coaching staff are excited to bring back another big-time player in Bedard.
For three-straight years, Bedard has been voted onto the all-state team. As a junior this year, Bedard scored 34 goals and had 16 assists.
“Alyssa is phenomenal,” Pyer said. “What makes her so great is her speed, footwork and knowledge of the game.”
Fortunately for Pyer, the three-time all-state and two-time Gatorade Player of the Year nominee will be back for her senior year.
“I can’t wait,” Pyer said. “She’s a complete game changer. I’m excited to see just how far we can go again with her leading the way.”
Another returner that has Pyer excited about next year is his star forward Emily Taucher. In only her first year playing at the high school level, the freshman finished second on the team in both goals scored and assists. Her 17 goals and 14 assists trailed only Bedard.
“Emily is another special player,” Pyer said. “She plays the game at an extremely high level. Unless you knew her, you wouldn’t be able to tell that she was only a freshman.”
Taucher making the all-state team just proves what type of player she is. All season long, Pyer used her at many positions, and she never once looked out of place.
“She’s very versatile,” Pyer said. “Emily always has a smile on her face and she never once got down on herself or her teammates.”
For Rock Springs to place third at the state tournament and finish the season with an overall record of 20-1, the future of the program remains extremely bright.
The Tigers will lose three seniors, two of who were just named to this year’s all-state team. However, with so many talented players like Bedard and Taucher returning, Pyer couldn’t be happier where he and the rest of the team are sitting.
“We still have so many young players that I know are only going to get better,” Pyer said. “We are going to be taken seriously for years to come.”