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Broncs bounce back, take third

SHERIDAN — On Saturday, the Broncs soccer team used a 2-0 consolation final win to lessen the blow of a state semifinal shootout loss from Friday.

Lucas Wollenman and Nick Estes each scored their second goals of the weekend to push the Broncs past Central for the second Saturday in a row.

Sheridan beat Central 2-1 a week ago in the 4A East Regional consolation championship, and managed to put behind them the worst kind of loss in soccer to repeat that result Saturday.

Sheridan played in its fourth straight state semifinal game Friday afternoon and just missed out on a fourth-straight state title game appearance when a scoreless game with Gillette was forced into the dreaded penalty shootout where the Broncs fell 4-3.

Gillette lost to Laramie on PKs in Saturday’s 4A boys title game.

Sheridan (10-7-4) beat Laramie 5-2 earlier in the year, handing the 4A state champion Plainsmen one of their just two losses all spring.

Sheridan entered 2013 after losing nine starting seniors from 2012.

The turnover should be less extreme next year as they depart leading scorer Wollenman in this year’s senior class but return fellow speedy attacker Colter Carzoli.

Most difficult for Sheridan will likely be reloading their back line where they started three seniors, Gunnar Edeen, Scott Passini and Collin Eisenman.

The Broncs should carry a bolstered midfield attack in 2014 as they bring back midfielders Reed Ritterbusch, Estes, Dan Sessions and Joe Shassetz along with a potential wave of youth from a talented freshman class.

Sheridan held a +13 goal differential this year, scoring 30 and giving up 17.

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