Generals Make History
Saturday October 14th is a day to be remembered for the Sheridan College Men?s soccer program. The generals went into the game needing a win to secure a second placed finish in the North Division and host the first round of the playoffs. History was not on their side as they faced Laramie County, a team that has never lost to Sheridan College. The sophomores: Matt Gilbert, Jakob Kottke, Jacob Martindale, Matthew Bebo, and Titus Nickson were honored before the game for their hard work and leadership over the past two seasons. The game was tight from the start as both teams looked to find the weaknesses and gaps in the opposing team?s defense without exposing their own. With only a few chances for both teams in the first half, both teams went into the second half knowing that they would have to push a little more to find the breakthrough needed to get all three points.
After some tactical adjustments by the generals at halftime, the game started to open up as both teams looked to find the crack in the opposition?s defense. Tyler Ring made a great low save to his near post to keep the score 0-0 with less than ten minutes remaining, frustrating LCCC attackers. With the game seeming to end 0-0 in regulation and the game destined for overtime, history was made. The ball was played up to Nicolas Parris who broke into LCCCs half and as he moved toward their goal, he fended off three defenders with some silky touches. Right as the defenders thought they had Parris trapped, Jose Guerrero, raced up the field, and Parris passed it to Jose just inside the corner of the six yard box. With his first touch he cut back onto his favored left foot and then calmly slotted the ball low to the far post out of the reach of the keeper and the sliding defenders. The generals erupted into celebration and began to chant ?Jose, Jose, Jose?. Less than four minutes remained in the game and the generals held on to make history.
The generals beat LCCC for the first time in school history, finished 2nd in the North division for the first time, and will be hosting playoffs for the first time. This young group led by sophomore class will be remembered for what they have done so far but they aren?t ready to stop making history. Up next for the generals is Otero Junior College, who come from Colorado, to Maier Field this Saturday, October 21st at 1pm. Come out and support the team as they look to make more history by winning the playoff game and earning a trip to Denver, Colorado for the conference Semi/Final games.