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Gering girls extend record to 6-1 with out of town wins
April 04, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Brian Copsey/for the Citizen - Gering junior Alexa Longoria (No. 13) gets into position while teammates seniors Alexa Anderson (No. 9) and Brooke Satur (No. 21) eye the play during a match against Grand Island NW.

The Class B eighth ranked Gering girls’ soccer team extended their record to 6-1 last week in North Platte, rolling past both Lexington and Grand Island Northwest.

Josie Thompson led the Lady Bulldogs with three goals as the blanked Grand Island Northwest 7-0. Thompson got her first unassisted goal 13 minutes into the first half. She added another two goals as the Bulldogs exploded for five points in the second half. Other scorers were Shayla Garetto, Natalie Barge, Nicole Michael and Kaylee Spreier.

Bulldog goalkeeper Maggie Martin had one save. MaKenna Copsey, the backup goalkeeper, came in for the second half and got her first save.

Gering finished with five corner kicks and 30 shots, including 18 on goal. Grand Island Northwest had two of three shots on goal and two corner kicks.

In the Lady Bulldogs match against Lexington, the Minutemaids were the first on the board in the fourth minute of the opening half. The rest of the match was all Bulldogs as they strung together five straight goals on the way to a 5-1 victory.

Shayla Garetto got an assist from Josie Thompson to tie the score at one apiece in the first half’s 23rd minute. Jackie Hayden gave Gering the 2-1go-ahead in the 34th minute.

In the second half Garetto scored an unassisted goal in the 42nd minute, followed by goals from Nicole Michael and Kaylee Spreier. The final unassisted goal came in the 69th minute from Josie Thompson.

Overall, Gering finished the match with 10 corner kicks and 27 shots, including 14 on goal. Martin had one save. Lexington has three corner kicks and three shots, including one on goal.

In late action on Tuesday evening, the Lady Bulldogs lost on the road to Cheyenne East, 2-0. Gering held Cheyenne East scoreless for the first half, but the Thunderbirds kicked it in gear in the second half with two goals.

Both teams were evenly matched, as Cheyenne East held a slight advantage in the shots department, outshooting Gering 13-11. They only had a one shot on goal advantage with seven, compared with Gering’s six. The Thunderbirds also had four corner kicks compared to Gering’s two. Gering goalkeeper Maggie Martin saved five of seven shots on goal.

Gering Boys

The Gering boys didn’t fare as well in North Platte, dropping both their games to Grand Island Northwest and Lexington in matches on April 1.

Grand Island Northwest posted a 3-1 victory over Bearcats, starting with two early goals in the first half, adding another in the second half. It wasn’t until the 55 minute mark when Gage Smith got the Bulldogs on the board.

The Bulldogs took seven shots, including four on goal while goalkeeper Dylan Weatherington stopped eight Northwest shots. However, Northwest held the advantage with six corner kicks to Gering’s one.

Gering was handed its second loss as the Lexington Minutemen blanked the Bulldogs 8-0 with four goals in each half. The losses dropped the Gering season to 4-4.

The Gering boys got back into the win column Tuesday in a home match against Cheyenne East. Exploding for two goals in the second half, the Bulldogs topped the Thunderbirds 3-1.

Cheyenne East took an early 1-0 advantage in the first half, but that would be the last time they would score.

In the 21st minute, Gering’s Gage Smith got an assist from teammate Brent Barge to tie the match 1-1 going into the half.

The Class B eighth ranked Gering girls’ soccer team extended their record to 6-1 last week in North Platte, rolling past both Lexington and Grand Island Northwest.

Josie Thompson led the Lady Bulldogs with three goals as the blanked Grand Island Northwest 7-0. Thompson got her first unassisted goal 13 minutes into the first half. She added another two goals as the Bulldogs exploded for five points in the second half. Other scorers were Shayla Garetto, Natalie Barge, Nicole Michael and Kaylee Spreier.

Bulldog goalkeeper Maggie Martin had one save. MaKenna Copsey, the backup goalkeeper, came in for the second half and got her first save.

Gering finished with five corner kicks and 30 shots, including 18 on goal. Grand Island Northwest had two of three shots on goal and two corner kicks.

In the Lady Bulldogs match against Lexington, the Minutemaids were the first on the board in the fourth minute of the opening half. The rest of the match was all Bulldogs as they strung together five straight goals on the way to a 5-1 victory.

Shayla Garetto got an assist from Josie Thompson to tie the score at one apiece in the first half’s 23rd minute. Jackie Hayden gave Gering the 2-1go-ahead in the 34th minute.

In the second half Garetto scored an unassisted goal in the 42nd minute, followed by goals from Nicole Michael and Kaylee Spreier. The final unassisted goal came in the 69th minute from Josie Thompson.
Overall, Gering finished the match with 10 corner kicks and 27 shots, including 14 on goal. Martin had one save. Lexington has three corner kicks and three shots, including one on goal.

In late action on Tuesday evening, the Lady Bulldogs lost on the road to Cheyenne East, 2-0. Gering held Cheyenne East scoreless for the first half, but the Thunderbirds kicked it in gear in the second half with two goals.

Both teams were evenly matched, as Cheyenne East held a slight advantage in the shots department, outshooting Gering 13-11. They only had a one shot on goal advantage with seven, compared with Gering’s six. The Thunderbirds also had four corner kicks compared to Gering’s two. Gering goalkeeper Maggie Martin saved five of seven shots on goal.

The Gering boys didn’t fare as well in North Platte, dropping both their games to Grand Island Northwest and Lexington in matches on April 1.

Grand Island Northwest posted a 3-1 victory over Bearcats, starting with two early goals in the first half, adding another in the second half. It wasn’t until the 55 minute mark when Gage Smith got the Bulldogs on the board.

The Bulldogs took seven shots, including four on goal while goalkeeper Dylan Weatherington stopped eight Northwest shots. However, Northwest held the advantage with six corner kicks to Gering’s one.

Gering was handed its second loss as the Lexington Minutemen blanked the Bulldogs 8-0 with four goals in each half. The losses dropped the Gering season to 4-4.

The Gering boys got back into the win column Tuesday in a home match against Cheyenne East. Exploding for two goals in the second half, the Bulldogs topped the Thunderbirds 3-1.

Cheyenne East took an early 1-0 advantage in the first half, but that would be the last time they would score.

In the 21st minute, Gering’s Gage Smith got an assist from teammate Brent Barge to tie the match 1-1 going into the half. Then in the 14th minute of the second half, Justin Wallace took advantage of a free kick and fed the ball to Barge for their second score. Seven minutes later, Mattieu Prieels executed a perfect corner kick to find Jarron Rasnic for the last point.

The Bulldogs had a 15-10 advantage over Cheyenne East on shots with a 9-5 advantage in shots on goal. East finished with six corner kicks to Gering’s two.

The Bearcats

The Scottsbluff Bearcats were also in North Platte for matches against Lexington and Grand Island Northwest.

The Lady Bearcats saw action on Monday, coming away with one win and one loss. Against Lexington, Scottsbluff’s Aubrey Ford scored two goals, dealing a 3-0 shutout and giving the Lady Bearcats its second victory of the season. The third goal came from Kelli Wentz with an assist from Hannah Holloway.

Scottsbluff had16 shots and five corner kicks, compared to Lexington’s 14 shots and five corner kicks. Goalkeeper Livvy Michael made nine saves and stopped two penalty kicks. Then in the 14th minute of the second half, Justin Wallace took advantage of a free kick and fed the ball to Barge for their second score. Seven minutes later, Mattieu Prieels executed a perfect corner kick to find Jarron Rasnic for the last point.

The Bulldogs had a 15-10 advantage over Cheyenne East on shots with a 9-5 advantage in shots on goal. East finished with six corner kicks to Gering’s two.

The Scottsbluff Bearcats were also in North Platte for matches against Lexington and Grand Island Northwest.

The Lady Bearcats saw action on Monday, coming away with one win and one loss. Against Lexington, Scottsbluff’s Aubrey Ford scored two goals, dealing a 3-0 shutout and giving the Lady Bearcats its second victory of the season. The third goal came from Kelli Wentz with an assist from Hannah Holloway.

Scottsbluff had16 shots and five corner kicks, compared to Lexington’s 14 shots and five corner kicks. Goalkeeper Livvy Michael made nine saves and stopped two penalty kicks.

The ladies’ match against Grand Island Northwest was a lot closer. The teams were knotted at 1-1 at halftime before the Lady Vikings pulled away for a 5-2 win.

The Vikings scored first with a penalty kick just six minutes into the match. Then with an assist from Katrina Fulk, Ford tied the score for Scottsbluff.

Northwest got rolling in the second half, adding three more goals to go ahead 4-1. In 29th minute, Wentz made it 4-2 with an assist from Katrina Fulk. But that was as close as the Lady Bearcats got, a Northwest added another goal to end the match at 5-2.

Scottsbluff had 14 shots and one corner kick against Northwest. The Vikings had 20 shots and six corner kicks.

Bearcat Boys

The Scottsbluff boys lost both of their matches against Lexington and Grand Island Northwest on Monday.

The Bearcats’ first game was against Lexington. While they were behind 1-0 at the half, the Minutemen scored five more goals in the second half to blank Scottsbluff 6-0.

Scottsbluff finished with 12 shots and two corner kicks. Lexington had 12 shots and four corner kicks.

The Bearcats almost came away with a win over Northwest that afternoon, but lost 3-2 in a shootout.

In the match’s first five minutes, Scottsbluff’s Thiago Cruz got an assist from Randy Wentz to put them up 1-0. But by the 33rd minute, Northwest had scored two goals to lead 2-1.

Six minutes later, Scottsbluff’s Francesco Sechi found the net and a 2-2 tie. The rest of the match went scoreless, prompting the shootout, won by Northwest.

Scottsbluff recorded 14 shots and four corner kicks in the match. Northwest had 10 shots and six corner kicks.

The ladies’ match against Grand Island Northwest was a lot closer. The teams were knotted at 1-1 at halftime before the Lady Vikings pulled away for a 5-2 win.

The Vikings scored first with a penalty kick just six minutes into the match. Then with an assist from Katrina Fulk, Ford tied the score for Scottsbluff.

Northwest got rolling in the second half, adding three more goals to go ahead 4-1. In 29th minute, Wentz made it 4-2 with an assist from Katrina Fulk. But that was as close as the Lady Bearcats got, a Northwest added another goal to end the match at 5-2.

Scottsbluff had 14 shots and one corner kick against Northwest. The Vikings had 20 shots and six corner kicks.

The Scottsbluff boys lost both of their matches against Lexington and Grand Island Northwest on Monday.

The Bearcats’ first game was against Lexington. While they were behind 1-0 at the half, the Minutemen scored five more goals in the second half to blank Scottsbluff 6-0.

Scottsbluff finished with 12 shots and two corner kicks. Lexington had 12 shots and four corner kicks.

The Bearcats almost came away with a win over Northwest that afternoon, but lost 3-2 in a shootout.

In the match’s first five minutes, Scottsbluff’s Thiago Cruz got an assist from Randy Wentz to put them up 1-0. But by the 33rd minute, Northwest had scored two goals to lead 2-1.

Six minutes later, Scottsbluff’s Francesco Sechi found the net and a 2-2 tie. The rest of the match went scoreless, prompting the shootout, won by Northwest.

Scottsbluff recorded 14 shots and four corner kicks in the match. Northwest had 10 shots and six corner kicks.
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