SHERIDAN — Something has clicked for the Sheridan High School boys soccer team. The Broncs proved last Saturday’s drubbing of Campbell County wasn’t a fluke but rather a sign of things to come.
Sheridan — which struggled mightily to score through the first few weeks of the season — is now rolling offensively. The Broncs tallied another three goals Friday night, and the defense more than backed it up in a 3-0 victory over Laramie at Homer Scott Field.
“We had very good rhythm, and the guys played super hard,” Sheridan head coach Scott Soderstrom said. “We made a lot of opportunities and capitalized on the opportunities.
“I’m so proud of these guys. Since I’ve been on the staff, that was the most complete game we’ve played.”
The Plainsmen entered Friday having not allowed more than two goals in any game this season. And it didn’t take long for the Broncs to take a bite out of that stout defense.
Ethan Rickett created the first scoring chance in the opening 10 minutes, but his shot just slid off frame and narrowly missed teammate Toby Jacobs’ foot on the back side. Rickett wasn’t deterred at all from the close call. He was motivated to make amends.
“After that miss I said, ‘Alright I got to score now,’” Rickett said. “That’s what I did.”
It only took Rickett another 10 minutes to construct another scoring opportunity, and this time he capitalized. After receiving a pass from Wade Jacobs, Rickett put a little more velocity and altitude on his shot, and it bested Laramie goaltender Braeden Spiegelberg.
The Plainsmen goaltender had a rough night in net. The Broncs peppered Spiegelberg with 15 shots, five of which were on target.
Sheridan goaltender Sam Salyards had a much more tame night in net. Laramie fired just five shots, and only two of them were on frame.
Laramie’s best chance to break through occurred late in the first half on a Sheridan handball in the box that awarded the Plainsmen a penalty kick. Shay Archer took the shot but misfired it off the right post.
Other than that, Sheridan suffocated Laramie defensively and from there produced its chances offensively.
“When our defense gets a stop or a great clearance, it gets us going on the counter attack,” Rickett said. “And when we score, that just makes the defense defend even more to keep the lead.”
Rickett gave way to Toby Jacobs in the second half. Jacobs — who was just a game removed from a hat trick against the Camels — nearly had himself another one Friday night. He recorded his first score in the 52nd minute, and earned the Broncs another goal in the 61st minute.
The victory pushed Sheridan’s record to 2-5 (six points) in conference and 3-5 overall. The Broncs have begun the process of digging themselves out of the hole they put themselves in through the first three weeks of conference play.
Sheridan will have another shot to move up the standings and serve up some payback Saturday at 12 p.m. in Big Horn. The Broncs battle Cheyenne South, a team that toppled them by a 2-0 score on March 22 in the capital city.
Laramie….0 0 — 0
Sheridan…1 2 — 3
First half_1, Sheridan, Ethan Rickett