SHERIDAN — Sheridan withstood an early goal, but was unable to overcome Gillette’s last strike Friday.
Bouncing back from two tough losses to Cheyenne East and Central last weekend, head coach Tom Racette didn’t have a bad word to say about his team’s effort.
“We did play very well in the first half, it was nice to get the equalizer before halftime,” Racette said, after a late Camel goal broke a 20-minute 1-1 draw, giving them a narrow 2-1 win. “The kids played really well, we didn’t get the result that we wanted here, but we’ll come back next Thursday and see if we can’t get the one that really counts.”
Sheridan will play Gillette again Thursday in the first round of the 4A East Regional Tournament, with the winner qualifying for the state tournament in Rock Springs and the loser going home.
Sheridan responded well, playing on the road, especially after Lady Camel Emma Jurewicz cleaned up a cross in the box just five minutes into the game to put Gillette up 1-0.
The Lady Broncs would drive forward right from the restart and earn a penalty kick only to have Lauren Passini sail her shot over the crossbar.
Ten minutes later, Robbi Ryan would ping a Maddy McClure cross into the back of the net off the left upright to tie the game.
Sheridan will play Gillette again Thursday in what will be a 2013 rubber match after each squad has stolen a 1-goal win in their respective home game. Sheridan won 1-0 at home.
“I’m proud of them, they played their hearts out start to finish,” Racette said after his team pushed and held up offensively well for the second consecutive game. The Lady Broncs won 4-1 over Cheyenne South Monday.
The game became physical in the second half and had its fair share of your run of the mill Broncs-Camels crowd jeering and referee harrassment. Both keepers left the game after collisions in the box, with the Lady Broncs Sarah LeTempt filling in well for the shaken up Bailey McLean.
“It got a little chaotic in the second half, but they played their hearts out, did everything we asked them to do and that’s all we can hope for,” Racette said.