SHERIDAN — Two miscues left the Lady Broncs short of a positive result against Laramie Saturday afternoon.
On another cold, windy day, the Sheridan girls soccer team struggled to create chances in a game that ended 2-0 to Laramie.
Sheridan (2-3-1 overall, 1-1 in 4A East) defeated Cheyenne South 1-0 Friday night, retaking the field at noon Saturday against an experienced Laramie team (2-0, 2-0). The Lady Broncs, as reiterated by head coach Tom Racette, are young, starting just two seniors.
“We know we made some mistakes, and we’re going to make some mistakes this first half of the season,” he said after the game. “We just have to use this as a learning tool and grow from here.”
Laramie’s first goal came just eight minutes into the contest. A through-ball beat the SHS back line where it was collected by a Laramie attacker who knocked it past oncoming keeper Bailey McLean and tapped it into the open goal.
Sheridan responded immediately, creating an attacking play up the middle of the field where Emily Julian was knocked down and fouled just feet outside the 18-yard box. Julian would take the free kick, shaking the goal with a shot off the crossbar, and sending the ball back into play where it was cleared by Laramie.
Sheridan withstood Laramie pressure in their defensive half for the remainder of the first 40 minutes, trailing 1-0 at halftime.
A Bailey Baker foul left Laramie with a free kick 57 minutes into the game. Laramie’s lobbed shot at goal was parried by McClean but collected by swarming attackers who rebounded the ball and knocked it in for the game’s final goal.
“We know they were tired from last night, but getting used to playing back-to-back games this early in the season is important,” Racette added. “Some of us were kind of sluggish and tired, and we’ve got to work through that. If you’re on the field you’ve got to play hard.”
Sheridan generated more offense than they did in the first half, but Laramie won too many balls and put together more passes than the Lady Broncs, who simply couldn’t find a final ball.
“We’re struggling on the finishing end obviously, and I think that’s part of the maturity of the team as a whole,” Racette said. “But putting those balls together is key. It’s not quantity of shots it’s quality of shots, getting a good look on goal and taking it when it’s there.”
As time wound down, the Lady Broncs were awarded a corner. Junior Drew Dafoe hit a dipping, curved shot that was tipped in front of goal by the keeper, and chested down off the line by a defender at the far post, otherwise preventing the Sheridan score.
The Sheridan girls will play in Buffalo at 4 p.m. Thursday.
“It’ll be our last non-conference game,” Racette said, “so it will be a chance to work on some things this week and try to get going in the right direction again.”