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SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Broncs took care of business in the first round of the 4A state soccer tournament Thursday morning in Rock Springs.
“We were all over Rock Springs,” head coach Kevin Rizer said. “I felt like we didn’t convert several opportunities. It could have very easily been a much larger margin of victory.”
The Broncs used a 20th-minute goal from Lucas Wollenman and a 70th-minute strike from Nick Estes to oust the host Rock Springs boys, 2-0, and earn yet another try at Gillette, this time in the 4A semifinals.
“He scored with about 10 minutes to go, and it was a pretty important goal,” Rizer said of the nail in the coffin from Estes. “We’ve now played about five halves in a row of quality soccer. We’re peaking at the right time.
“I wouldn’t envy being in the Gillette’s coach’s position, but if they can beat Sheridan four times in a row they deserve to go to state. “
Sheridan has lost to Gillette three times this season, falling 1-0 at home and then twice in the last three weeks by 2-1 scores.
“We need to do what we can to pull Austin Fort out of the middle, he’s a quality quality player, and anything we can do to get him away from the goal is good for us,” Rizer said of the Camels towering sweeper. “They haven’t given up many goals all season, but they’ve given up two to Sheridan. I feel we can score on them, and we can defend them. We do need to defend crosses and set pieces.”
The Broncs play the Camels at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Rock Springs Junior High School. A win Friday would mark the fourth-straight year Sheridan has reached the 4A state championship game.
“It comes down to our boys, (they) know the game of soccer,” Rizer summed up. “We’ve been there before. This is our fourth consecutive (state) semifinal, and if you count regionals it’s our eighth consecutive semifinal.
“They know what to do, they just have to do it,” he added. “If they play for 80 they can beat anybody in the state.”