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Gering soccer season comes to an end
May 16, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Brian Copsey/for the Citizen - The Lady Bulldogs huddle up for some final encouragement from coach Lisa Freeburg before the start of the semi final match in Omaha during the state tournament. The Gering girls ended their season with a 2 - 0 loss to Gretna, making their season record 13 - 5.

The Gering Lady Bulldogs soccer season came to an end last Friday in Omaha after a 2-0 loss to the defending state Class B champion Gretna Dragons.

It was Gering’s second straight trip to the state tournament at Creighton University in Omaha, and the closest game they ever played at state. With the loss, Gering posted a 13-5 season.

Gering head coach Lisa Freeberg said she was proud of the way the team played because they worked hard to accomplish a great season.
The top seed Lady Bulldogs were favored to win the Class B District 6 tournament, but fell 2-1 to the host Holdrege Dusters in the championship match. But because or their strong season, they earned a wildcard berth to the state tournament.

Gering will be losing some key players to graduation, such as top scorer Josie Thompson. But Freeberg said some of the younger players got some quality playing time this season and will be returning for next year.

Kaylee Sprier, who Freeburg called “six foot and athletic,” will be a junior this fall. Usually playing midfield, Sprier was the goalkeeper during the conference tournament. She has the potential of taking over the goalkeeper position from graduating Maggie Martin.

Freeberg said although they fell a bit short, she was pleased with what the team accomplished this season and is ready to see how the younger players step up for the challenge next season.
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