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Gering Bulldogs soccer teams loaded with experience
March 21, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Elizabeth Gross/ Gering Citizen - The Gering girls’ soccer team front row from left are, Kaylee Spreier, Alexa Anderson, Shayla Garetto, Brooke Satur, Josie Thompson, Nicole Michael, second row: Katie Martindal, McKenna Copsey, CeCe Gutierrez, Alexa Longoria, Laettner Blanco, Kelsea Prieels, Shelton Blanco, Morgan Smith, Dawn Jacox, back row: Morgan Wallace, Megan Copsey, Leslie Martinez, Hadley Kirk, Kimi Scott, Kim Snelling, Courtney Murrillo, Ciera Booker, Ashley Henings, Ann Marie Sebastiana and Karlee Muth. Not Pictured: Jennifer Barge, Cassidy Cooper, Jackie Hayden and Allysa Hoagland.

Experience will be a vital factor in the success of the Gering boys’ and girls’ soccer teams this year.

The Lady Bulldogs are loaded with experience this year with 11 returning starters. Posting a 13-7 record last season, they captured the district championship and qualified for the Class B state tournament.

The ladies’ squad is led by senior midfielder Josie Thompson, who led Gering last year with 16 goals and seven assists. Joining the offense this year are seniors Jennifer Barge, Shayla Garetto and Jackie Hayden; junior Laettner Blanco and sophomore Kaylee Spreier.

Joining the boys’ squad in North Platte last Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs posted two wins: a 2-1 shootout win over Holdrege and a 4-0 shutout over Kearney Catholic.

Joining the boys’ squad in North Platte last Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs posted two wins: a 2-1 shootout win over Holdrege and a 4-0 shutout over Kearney Catholic.

Six starters and six other letter winners from last year are back for the boys’ squad, which posted a 7-11 record last season. Returning from last year’s team are senior midfielder Jarron Rasnic, senior defender Justin Wallace, Dylan Wetherington, the team’s junior goalkeeper, junior midfielder Gage Smith, junior defender Mathieu Prieels and junior forward Alex Clark.

Clark was one of the top scorers for the Bulldogs last season, posting four goals and three assists. And goalkeeper Wetherington allowed 85 goals last year, finishing with a 2.11 goals against average.

The Bulldogs opened their season in North Platte last Saturday and came away with a win and a loss. After falling 1-0 to Holdrege, they posted a 3-0 win over Kearney Catholic.

The Gering boys were at home for their first match at Memorial Stadium on a chilly Monday evening. Despite a great showing for the defense, they lost to visiting Cheyenne Central by a 1-0 score.
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