GILLETTE — After the SHS boys soccer team suffered a tough loss against defending state champions Laramie Plainsmen last weekend, they were eager to show how good of team they are Friday in Gillette.
While the matchup ended in a 0-0 tie between the Camels and the Broncs, there was solace knowing that the Camels tied a game with Laramie last week. The Broncs tied Gillette in overtime.
“This tie builds the boys’ confidence and helps our boys understand that when we play we can play with anyone in the state,” Head Coach Kevin Rizer said. “When you see a match that hard fought, sometimes it’s the right result, the fair result.”
Friday the fullbacks and keeper were definitely getting their work cut out for them.
Five minutes into the second half, Zach Campbell came up to deflect the ball, and ended up not having it. This left the net wide open and the Broncs’ fullbacks were able to keep the ball in the middle right next to him, allowing Campbell the chance to jump back on the ball for an incredible save.
“Coach is always saying be secure with the ball, so when I deflected it I knew I had to get on it right away and it was just luck to have it close to where I could jump back on it,” Campbell said. “A lot of times when my teammates are on the ball, I just have to get back and know my team will be there, and if they have a mistake, I am there for them. I believe 100 percent that my teammates will be there for me and do most of the work, so when I have to save the ball, I will do that for them.”
Camels did not do much better than the Broncs at creating scoring opportunities, but it did force Campbell into some exceptional saves throughout the game, blocking some sliding right-footed shots.
“Zach had one of the best games I have ever seen for a keeper,” Rizer said. “In my 13 years of coaching soccer, Zach had one of the top three performances I’ve ever seen from a keeper. It was just phenomenal.”
Campbell agreed the overall team effort was great.
“We’re coming off a loss, and we really wanted to show that we are a good team and we did that. We came out and played hard and competed the entire game, and I just love that about my team.”
The Broncs will play at 6 p.m. Friday at Cheyenne East and noon on Saturday at Cheyenne Central.