SHERIDAN — After losing in the semifinals against Gillette in penalty kicks last year, the Sheridan Broncs soccer team is ready to begin the 2014 season.
Despite a tough loss to end last season, the Broncs are ready for this year.
Coach Kevin Rizer said there are several returning seniors that will make an impact for the Broncs, including seven or eight senior starters playing mostly the mid-field and back line. The Broncs have been solid at the mid-field and they have three seniors who had to bide their time to earn some varsity playing time.
Rizer added that there are several younger athletes who are really athletic and will be helping out the Broncs.
All-State striker Colter Carzoli of Big Horn, Joe Shassetz and Dontae Crow will all be contributors this year, he said.
“Joe Shassetz has the capacity to be the best player in the state,” Rizor said, adding that Crow played basketball and football and has the potential to be a top player as well.
The area the soccer team is focusing the most on is defense.
“Anytime you give up shots you are in trouble,” Rizor added. “This is where we have our most focus on and making sure they have their defense squared away is going to be the key.”
The Broncs will begin their season Friday on the road against Riverton on Friday before heading to the Jamboree in Casper on Saturday.