SHERIDAN — Sheridan College women’s soccer head coach Mallory Hammer saw something out of her team that she hadn’t all season Saturday against Gillette College.
“For the first time, they came out and played a much better second half than first half,” Hammer said. “It was good to see. We didn’t play necessarily bad in the first, but there were some things we needed to sharpen and they definitely improved in the second half.” That improvement fruited one goal, off the foot of Elizabeth Pickett, and that was enough to stave off the Lady Pronghorns for a 1-0 victory at Maier Field.
The win improved the Lady Generals to 4-2-1 in Region IX play, keeping them just a half game back of Western Wyoming Community College for the second seed in the North Division. The only problem is SC has only one regular-season game left, and it’s at division leader, and No. 12, Laramie County Community College.
The Lady Mustangs close at winless Northwest College Wednesday, and a win would assure them the No. 2 seed.
In the event that the Lady Generals remain at their No. 3 post in the North Division, they’d travel to play the South Division’s No. 2 seed — either Western Nebraska Community College or Trinidad State Junior College — in the opening round of the conference tournament.
Regardless of the result in the regular-season finale, 2018 will go down as another winning season for the Lady Generals. Sheridan College battled roster turnover due to injury and academic issues and still managed to scratch out four league wins in a year that was unlike any other for Hammer.
“I would say it has been a unique season for my career,” Hammer said. “I feel like it hasn’t looked like we thought it would, and it has really just kind of made me second guess a lot as a coach, which has made me improve. So, in that way, I’m appreciative of it. I think coming together when you don’t have the personnel or the players you thought you would, and overcoming that, and also overcoming a ton of youth, was good to see.”
The Generals fell to divisional leader Gillette College 3-1 Saturday at Maier Field, which sets up a pivotal match against LCCC Saturday. Sheridan owns a half game lead over the Golden Eagles and a win or tie would assure it the No. 2 seed, and a home match, in the upcoming conference tournament, while a loss would drop it to the No. 3 slot.