SHERIDAN — After two extended scrimmages, the Sheridan College women’s soccer team will take to the road for more than a month.
One of the trials a first-year program goes through, the Lady Generals were forced to schedule a large portion of their games away from home, coach Stefan Skillman said. The SC women play Johnson and Wales Sunday and Colorado Christian Monday. Both games are in Denver.
This past Saturday, the Lady Generals played U18 Casper Blades, securing a comeback 3-1 win. It was the second three-period scrimmage they have played this fall as the new team works to gel together. They defeated Wyoming United 1-0 two weeks ago. Saturday, the Lady Generals overcame a slow start.
“We gave up an early goal but then we decided to pressure them like crazy,” Skillman said. “We knew that they hadn’t worked together that long and we put in two goals — the first goal was result of stealing ball from the back line.”
A Stephany Sessions (Sheridan) steal and shot turned into a tap in goal from Destanee Cook (Evanston) after the ball bounced off defenders in the box. Sessions scored a goal later in the contest.
“We’re doing well,” Skillman said of the team’s early progress. “We’ve been doing a good job of making sure everybody understands what we’re doing because we’re going to need to be able to use girls off the bench.
“Overall, we’re doing better shortening the gap between starters and those bench players. You need to use your bench to survive. It’s a short season, but it’s an intense season.”
The Lady Generals move into what Skillman called their preconference schedule where they’ll play one NAIA school and the rest Division 2 schools.
“After we’re done playing these games, my goal is that we’ll be ready for the physical play once we hit our conference schedule,” he said.
Sheridan College returns home Friday, Oct. 4., when they’ll see Western Nebraska Community College.