Gering boys lead local soccer teams in season openers
     2012-03-22      By Terry Gaston    news@geringcitizen.com
Gering Bulldog Jennifer Barge (No. 20) takes control of the action while defending against a Holdrege threat, and teammate Kelsey Priels (No. 10) prepares for action during last weekend's tournament in North Platte. The Bulldogs earned a 3-0 victory over Holdrege, last year's district champion. 
Soccer season began for the Gering and Scottsbluff teams over the weekend, and the Gering boys emerged from action Monday with a 2-1 record that stood as the best among the four Bulldog and Bearcat teams.

Gering began the season at North Platte, where the Bulldog boys opened with a 3-1 loss to Holdrege but rebounded with a solid 9-0 romp of Kearney Catholic.

Then on Monday, Gering rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit Monday at Cheyenne Central before the Bulldogs scored two quick goals in the second half and held up defensively to force overtime. Gering then scored a goal in each overtime period and left Cheyenne with a 4-2 victory.

The Bulldogs welcomed North Platte to the Dr. Allan C. Landers Memorial Soccer Complex in Scottsbluff on Tuesday for their home opener, and Gering will play host to Newcastle on Thursday.

In the loss to Holdrege, Nate Marquez scored the Bulldogs’ lone goal in the 73rd minute, while Dylan Weatherington made 10 saves.

But Gering made a quick recovery in trouncing Kearney Catholic. The Bulldogs scored five first-half goals, with Aaron Nietz posting a hat trick with his tree goals. Jose Hernandez added two goals, while Marques, Simon Guddta, Alex Clark and Weatherington rounded out the nine-goal barrage.

Weatherington started in goal and made two saves and Brandon Bernhardt came on to save one. Gering outshot the Stars 13-3.

In Monday’s victory against Cheyenne Central, Gering started its second-half comeback with Nietz scoring off an assist from Mathiew Prieels. Nietz finished with two goals and Prieels had three assists.

Jessy Richard posted the equalizer off Priells’ corner kick in the 60th minute of the second half. In overtime, Prieels set up NIetz’s go-ahead goal on another corner kick assist, and James Guzman completed the scoring with Nietz on the assist.

The Gering girls also had a season-opening split at North Platte, where the Bulldogs opened with a 3-0 victory over defending district champion Holdrege. They then suffered a 2-1 setback to Kearney Catholic.

In their first home match on Monday, the Bulldogs were 3-0 losers to Cheyenne Central at the Dr. Allan C. Landers Memorial Soccer Complex.

Gering traveled back to North Platte on Tuesday when the girls took on the host Class A Bulldogs. They then have Newcastle visiting on Thursday.

In beating Holdrege, Gering opened the scoring in the 16th minute on Shayla Garetto’s season-opening goal. The Bulldogs added second-half goals on Kaylee Spreier’s strike in the 38th minute and Josey Thompson’s netter in the 39th minute. Laettner Blanco assisted on Spreier’s goal, and Spreier got the assist on Thompson’s score.

Maggie Martin and Megan Upp split time in both matches. Against Holdrege, Martin made all three of the tandem’s saves in the first half.

In their loss to Kearney Catholic, the Bulldogs fired 19 shots on goal but mustered just one score, in the 70th minute by Garetto. Martin and Upp each made one save in the first half off the Stars’ four total shots.

In the Bulldogs’ shutout loss to Cheyenne Central, Upp made five first-half saves. But the Indians slid three goals past Upp for all their scoring. Martin had three saves in the second half to keep Central’s scoring at bay.

SCOTTSBLUFF
The Bearcats also opened their seasons with matches against Holdrege and Kearney Catholic, with the Scottsbluff boys opening the year by defeating the KCHS Stars 5-0 but losing 1-0 to Holdrege on a penalty-kick shoot-out.

The Scottsbluff girls were shut out by Kearney Catholic 3-0 and lost to Holdrege 3-2.
Both Scottsbluff teams played Cheyenne East on Tuesday, with the boys at home against the Thunderbirds while the Bearcat girls traveled to Cheyenne. Both SHS squads will travel to Torrington on Friday.

In the Scottsbluff boys’ victory, Jed Weis recorded a hat trick on all three of his shots on goal. Weis also had an assist.

The Bearcats’ other two goals came from Emmanuel Gurrola and Zach Vicharra, and Gurrola added an assist. Justin Beddera had two saves in goal for SHS.

Scottsbluff outshot Holdrege 13-12 never found the net during regulation or overtime. The Dusters outshot the Bearcats 3-1 in the penalty-kick shoot-out, with Scottsbluff’s lone goal coming by Randy Wentz.

In their loss to Kearney Catholic, the Bearcat girls actually had a 15-11 advantage in shots on goal. The Stars, however, found the back of the net twice in the first seven minutes and scored their final goal right before halftime.

Against Holdrege, the Dusters scored first before the Bearcats tied the match at 1-all on freshman Aubree Ford’s goal in the 30th minute of play.

The game remained equalized until Holdrege scored two goals in three minutes in the second half. Scottsbluff got one goal back when Mica Holloway scored in the 56th minute off an assist from Kaylie Smith.

Holdrege had a 19-4 advantage in shots, with junior Morgan Westphal making 12 saves for Scottsbluff.

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