MINNEAPOLIS – Last week two local stars from the Riverton Lady Wolverines’ soccer team traveled together up to one of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis, in Minnesota for the Target USA CUP.

The two girls, Cami Paskett and Madison Fossey, represented Riverton and the rest of Wyoming as they graced the Casper Blades jersey for the week. Together, with the rest of the state’s best soccer players, they played against teams like the Sportsklubben Haugar team from Norway and the Twin Cities’ Fire soccer club. 

At the beginning of the week there was an opening ceremony where all the teams were able to walk out together, putting upwards of 1,200 teams on the fields at the same time, which was a sight to see for the massive crowds at each field.

“Just getting to meet players from all over the world, that was a really cool experience,” Paskett said about the opening ceremonies.

Fossey and Paskett would start off their week with a win against the North Suburban Soccer Association team from Roseville, Minnesota in the form of a 4–0 shutout. Paskett would gain an assist in this game, passing the ball to another Casper Blade for one of the four goals.

The next day the Casper team representing Wyoming barely beat the Norwegian team by a score of 2–1. One of those two goals for the Blades, the goal that put them over the top, was actually scored by Paskett–her first of the week.

p/ Kristen Paskett: Riverton High School’s Madison Fossey (left) and Cami Paskett (right) smiled before their first game of the USA CUP tournament last week

It wasn’t all just soccer and resting for the two girls though, they were able to participate in clinics and all sorts of events around the campus that carried over 60 soccer fields. 

“Cami and I had lots of fun outside of the tournament,” Fossey said after the week was over, “there was a ton of events for us athletes to do when we were not playing it.”

The girls traveled around the city and added to the list of states and places that soccer has taken them in their young sports careers.

“We got to see Lake Superior and go to the Mall of America,” Paskett said, “it was really fun.”

When the two girls returned to the fields on the third day they won, yet again, beating the Fire team from the Twin Cities by a score of 3–0, with some help from Paskett in the scoring category as she found the back of the net not once, but twice.

“Personally, I thought I did well,” Paskett said, a definite understatement about her skills over the week.

After that game the girls would find themselves in the semi-finals of the final tournament, something that was very difficult to achieve for any team. Sadly, in those semi-finals, the girls and the Casper Blades’ team would fall to the Shakopee team from Minnesota by a score of 4–0. 

Win or lose, the experience itself was something to write home about for the two Riverton locals who will be representing the Lady Wolverines for the next couple of years. It’s something that nobody else in town is able to brag about, and for both girls to be able to travel and play together once again it was just another fun week for the longtime friends and teammates. 

Congratulations girls! We can’t wait to see what you do in the future on the pitch!