Gering, Scottsbluff girls score huge soccer victories
     2012-03-29      By Terry Gaston    news@geringcitizen.com
Gering Junior Alexa Anderson (No. 9) takes flight to send the ball down the field while teammate Shayla Garetto (No. 3) provides support against a Newcastle threat on Thursday at the Dr. Allan C. Landers Memorial Soccer Complex in Scottsbluff. The Lady Bulldogs prevailed 7-0. 
In the soccer world, even a two-goal victory is considered a dominant victory.
The soccer gods must have been even amazed when the girls' teams from Gering and Scottsbluff posted respective 7-0 and 5-0 shutout victories last week over Wyoming opposition.

Gering improved its record to 2-3 with its seven-goal demolition of Newcastle on Thursday at the Dr. Allan C. Landers Memorial Soccer Complex in Scottsbluff.
Once the goals started coming, the Bulldogs were running on all cylinders.
Jennifer Barge found the net in the 13th minute to open the scoring after taking a pass from Alex Anderson. Just three minutes later, Josie Thompson scored off an assist pass from Barge.

Then Kelsea Prieels scored just one minute later on a pass from Barge to give Gering a 3-0 lead that stood until halftime.

The Bulldogs continued to make life miserable for Newcastle in the second half, with Shayla Garetto scoring the first of her two goals after intermission. her first goal came in the 49th minute off an assist from Thompson, who four minutes later passed another scoring pass to the foot of Laetner Blanco.

Jackie Hayden added Gering's sixth goal in the 71st minute, and Garetto added her second goal and the Bulldogs' finale three minutes later.

So dominant with the Bulldogs' defense that Newcastle never mustered even on shot on goal.

Earlier in the week, Gering was dealt a 2-0 loss at North Platte.

Gering will return to the Landers Complex on Thursday for a 4 p.m. match against Torrington, which suffered a 5-0 home loss to Scottsbluff on Friday. The Bulldogs next play in a pair of games at North Plate on Saturday, against Grand Island Northwest at 12:45 p.m. and vs. Lexington at 4:15 p.m.

Scottsbluff's shutout win over Torrington marked the Bearcats' first win in a big way and reflected the youth movement the team faces this spring.

Freshman Aubree Ford earned a hat trick with her three-goal outing, starting with a pair of goals in the first 14 minutes.

Micah Holloway then increased the Bearcats' lead to 3-0 in the 22nd minute, with an assist by Rachel Weis, for her second goal of the season. And six minutes later, Megan Gealy found the back of the net for Scottsbluff's fourth goal and a margin that held through halftime and well into the second half.

Ford finished the Bearcats' route with an unassisted goal in the 75th minute to complete her hat trick for the match and giving her four goals on the season.

Defensively, junior Morgan Westphal recorded her first shutout in goal by turning away four shots on goal. Scottsbluff had a decisive 21-8 shot advantage on the Trail Blazers.

The win followed a 5-0 loss at Cheyenne East on Tuesday.

The Bearcats (1-3) have this week off until Saturday, when they travel to Lexington. They will play Lexington at 12:45 p.m. and Grand Island Northwest at 4:15 p.m.

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