Gering, Scottsbluff girls undefeated for week
     2012-04-06      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Elizabeth Gross/Gering Citizen
Gering junior Megan Upp (No. 12) pursues the ball with a Torrington defender close on her heels, while sophomore Shelton Blanco (No. 7) and freshman Kaylee Spreir (No. 8) eye the play Thursday at Scottsbluff’s Landers Memorial Soccer Complex. The Gering Lady Bulldogs are thus far undeafeated, having won against Torrington on Thursday with a score of 8-2.
 
The Gering and Scottsbluff girls’ soccer teams both had big weeks, with the Lady Bulldogs scoring a huge home victory Thursday and then both the Lady Bulldogs and Lady Bearcats sweeping Lexington and Grand Island Northwest in Saturday matches played in North Platte.

Gering routed Torrington 8-2 Thursday in a match at the Dr. Allan C. Landers Memorial Soccer Complex in Scottsbluff. The Bulldogs’ roll continued Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Northwest and a 7-0 shutout over Lexington.

Gering junior Jackie Hayden led the Bulldogs’ assault against Torrington with a hat trick of goals and added an assist on another score. Other Gering goals came from Brooke Satur, Shayla Garetto, Jennifer Barge, Josey Thompson and Dani Copsey, whose goal was on a penalty kick.

The Bulldogs dominated the offensive end of the field, registering 52 shots with 33 recorded on goal. The Trail Blazers hit two goals on four shots on goal and seven total shots.

Other assists for Gering were credited to Thompson, Kaylee Spreier and Alysha Schwartzkopf.

In Saturday’s doubleheader, Gering improved to 5-3 with its third and fourth straight victories.

In the 4-1 win over Northwest, the Bulldogs scored three goals in a four-minute span of the first half to enjoy a 3-1 advantage at halftime. The Vikings opened the scoring on a corner kick in the 16th minute.

Back came Gering eight minutes later on a corner kick from Spreier, whose shot caromed off a Northwest player for the equalizing goal.
Thompson then scored in the 26th minute and Spreier, off an assist from Barge, hit the net two minutes later.

Shelton Blanco finished the game’s scoring with an unassisted goal in the 47th minute.

Against Lexington, Gering jumped on the Minutemaids with two quick goals. Barge scored in the third minute and Garetto connected in the sixth minute.

The Bulldogs kept pounding away, with Thompson scoring on a free kick in the 16th minute. Spreier scored three minutes later off an assist by Thompson, and Laettner Blanco gave Gering a 5-0 lead in the 20th minute. The five-goal advantage stood up through the remaining 20 minutes of the first half.

Barge scored the Bulldogs’ sixth goal three minutes into the second half off a Thompson assist, and Garetto ended the scoring at the 53-minute mark with her second goal.

Scottsbluff, which began the year with three losses, evened their record at 3-3 by downing Lexington 2-0 and Northwest 4-1.

Junior Aubree Ford had three goals and two assists on the day, including netting the first goal against the Minutemaids in the 14th minute. McKenzie Sanchez completed the Bearcats’ scoring against Lexington with a goal in the 73rd minute. Celeste Calderon tallied an assist.

Ford and Sanchez proved to be a lethal tandem against Northwest. Sanchez scored the first of her two goals in the 14th minute and framed two Ford goals — in the 59th and 64th minutes — with the finale at the 74th minute. Ford assisted on both of Sanchez’s goals.
Junior goalkeeper Morgan Westphal stopped 18 of 19 shots on the day, making 10 saves on Lexington and eight stops on Northwest.
Offensively, the Bearcats had seven shots on goal against Lexington and eight against Northwest.

Gering traveled to Norfolk on Tuesday to play Lutheran Northeast.

Both Gering and Scottsbluff will be in action Friday and Saturday at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament back at Norfolk. Both teams then travel to Cheyenne on Tuesday, with Gering facing East and Scottsbluff at Central.

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