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Scottsbluff boys soccer stacked with experience
April 01, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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Courtesy Photo The Scottsbluff Boys’ Soccer team members are, front row from left: Hever Morales, Zach Meier, Luis Martinez, Luis Lopez, Eseah Ingram, Owen Parra, Jackson Thomas, TJ Albright, Edwin Delgado, Isaac Bowman, Ben Rodriguez, Noah Hafner. Back row left to right: Kaleb Kautz, JJ Blomstedt, Cade Witmer, Thomas Madden, Jerry Escamilla, Spencer Riddick, Travis Zeiler, Nik Hubbard, Jake Anderson, Patrick Madden, Brady Sindt, Soren Mercer-Smith, Luis Cordova, Emanuel Campos.

The Scottsbluff boys’ soccer team are ready to improve on last year’s 9-9 record with the return of lots of experience.

“It’s still early in the season, so we’re looking at getting better every day,” said Coach Nate Rock. “We’re technically sound and utilize our speed well. The fundamentals are good so we’ll keep expanding on those. But we have to score more goals and finish better than last year.”

Rock said all the district games are important, as well as the GNAC tournament coming up April 8 and 9 in Columbus.

“We have two big regional rivals in Gering and Torrington,” he said. “We play home matches with both those teams. They’re both good and give us a real challenge.”

Owen Parra, Eseah Ingram and Jackson Thomas made solid contributions to the team last year as seniors. This season, all three of them will take their games to the next level at Western Nebraska Community College. Patrick Madden will also play at the college level next year.

Even with graduations, Scottsbluff has 30 players on this year’s roster. Some of the players Rock will rely on include senior Edwin Delgado, who took a year off last year. Jake Anderson, a junior, will help anchor the defense, along with Ben Rodriguez at the center back position.

“Those are players we’ll build around this year,” Rock said. “We also have some returning sophomores who got a lot of starting time last year.”

Brady Sindt, who played defense last year, has moved to the new position goalkeeper for Scottsbluff. Rock said that while it’s an adjustment, Sindt has performed well in early matches.

Schedule

April 2 at North Platte vs. Lexington

and Grand Island Northwest 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

April 5 vs. Torrington 5 p.m.

April 8-9 GNAC at Columbus

April 11 vs. Cheyenne East 5 p.m.

April 12 at Cheyenne Central 5 p.m.

April 16 at Grand Island vs. Central Catholic and Nebraska Lutheran 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

April 18 vs. Gering – TBA

April 21 at Torrington 5 p.m.

April 26 vs. Newcastle, Wyo. 5:30 p.m.

April 29 at North Platte 6 p.m.

May 2-3, 5 Districts

May 11-17 State
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