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Kelly Walsh’s Caden Allaire shines in two games last week

Published: Apr. 12, 2022 at 11:33 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Kelly Walsh boys soccer team is off to a 6-0 start this spring, and it’s allowed only two goals to its opponents. That’s in large part due to the play of Caden Allaire, the Trojans’ goalkeeper.

Allaire serves as the backbone of the Kelly Walsh defense and is vocal throughout games directing his teammates and where they need to be.

In two wins last week against Star Valley and Jackson, Allaire made two incredibly clutch stops to help preserve those victories.

Against Star Valley, Allaire stopped a penalty kick that was critical in a 1-0 victory. Against Jackson, the top-ranked 4A team entering the day, the next morning, he made a full extension diving stop to prevent a goal on a Broncs’ free kick from just outside the box in a 2-1 win.

He said it’s “super exciting” any time that you can prevent a penalty kick goal.

“Odds are stacked against you, so it’s one of the most fun things,” said Allaire after his penalty kick stop last week.

He was also quick to give his teammate Hayden Hollinger credit for cleaning the penalty kick versus Star Valley all the way up.

The penalty kick pits the goalkeeper in a situation where they are one one one with their opponent. Allaire said he likes to study film of players if he has it for penalty kicks, but he also said it’s hard to explain how he knows how to react in those situations.

“Sometimes it’s just a feeling. Sometimes it’s body language. Sometimes I just sit there and wait for them to shoot it and try to react as best as I can. It’s just a combination of a lot of things.”

Allaire and the rest of the Trojans will hit the road this week to take on Green River on Friday and Rock Springs on Saturday.

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