SHERIDAN — It was a first look at the new men’s soccer team at Sheridan College Wednesday and the last look for more than a month.
Sheridan College scrimmaged the Midwest All-Stars, a group of local players combined with a few out-of-towners, winning 3-1 after putting things together finishing-wise in the second half.
The Generals saw just two of their 10 shots find the target in the first half, leaving the score 0-0. The All-Stars’ Gene Powers, of Sheridan, scored to put the underdogs ahead early in the second. Sheridan straightened things out from there, getting second half goals from Corbin Shriner (Cheyenne), Braydon Drell (Sheridan) and Tanner Alseike (Douglas).
“Our finishing just wasn’t there today,” head coach Austin Albers said after a game where his team could have easily seen a larger tally on the scoreboard. “And that happens, you’ll have games where you just can’t seem to put the ball in the net.”
The All-Stars’ goal came against the run of play and as a surprise to the good-sized crowd on hand to check out the newest SC athletics product. Sheridan held the lion’s share of possession, pushed up in the All-Stars’ half throughout the game.
Minutes later that pressure finally paid off when a cutting run up the right side by speedy freshman forward Johnny Husar (Billings) left the All-Stars short-handed and Shriner, a defender, an open net after Husar’s assist flew by the diving keeper.
Drell’s header that came 20 minutes later was easily the strike of the night. Hunter Reece facilitated the attack up the middle of the field, his shot careening off a defender out left to Justin Rohrer (Worland), who flew the ball perfectly into Drell’s forehead. The SHS grad glided the ball toward the far post outside the reach of the keeper.
For the final goal, Alseike created his own shot with a run square across the top of the box, slotting the ball far post in the waning minutes of the game.
Drell and Reece — both SHS grads who transferred from South Dakota School of Mines soccer — are two of just three sophomores on the young Generals team. After Sheridan fell 4-0 at the hands of NAIA Rocky Mountain College last week, Albers was pleased with his team’s progress.
“We’re well served by our youth right now,” he said. “Conditioning was an issue early, but we’re starting to get into better shape. We’ve been nicked by some injuries so our depth is hurting a little bit right now. Getting those guys back by the regular season will really help us a lot.”
Albers added that their focus is on ball movement, possession and making the right runs, along with being poised in front of goal.
Sheridan takes to the road for nine games, with their final exhibition contest Wednesday at MSU-Billings. After that, they’ll play Dakota Wesleyan before beginning conference play against Northwest College Sept. 11.
“We’re looking to be competitive on the road early so that we have some momentum going into our home stuff in October,” Albers said.
Sheridan returns home Oct. 4-5 with games against Western Nebraska Community College and Northeastern Junior College.
Goals: Shriner 69’ – assist Husar; Drell 89’ – assist Rohrer; Alseike 93’
Corners: SC 6, All-Stars 1