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SHERIDAN — Cheyenne Central took third place at the 4A girls state soccer championship, beating the Lady Broncs 4-0 Saturday.
Sheridan began its state tournament in Rock Springs as an underdog, upending No. 1-seed Gillette 2-1 Thursday before running into eventual state champion Cheyenne East Friday afternoon in the state semis.
East beat Sheridan 3-1, sending them to the consolation final Saturday where they were shutout by Central.
Sheridan (7-13-1) began the spring as a young team with its only win over Cheyenne South, seeing their season turn when they beat Gillette 1-0 at the midway point.
The Lady Broncs finished 2-1 against Gillette, eventually qualifying for state by beating the Lady Camels 2-1 in overtime on the road. Sheridan departs keeper Bailey McLean along with defenders Bailey Baker and Celena Kelly, but a young 2012 squad means the return of the majority of their starters next spring, including their three leading scorers, Maddy McClure (2 goals), Emily Julian (6 goals) and Robbi Ryan (5 goals).
Sheridan scored 15 goals this year while allowing 27.