Gering girls prevail 4-1 in rivalry match
     2012-04-27      By Gering Citizen    news@geringcitizen.com
Photos by Elizabeth Gross/Gering Citizen Gering sophomore Laettner Blanco (No. 11) provides defense against Scottsbluff‘s Claire Hughes (No. 2), while Bearcat Micah Holloway (No. 9) prepares to respond. The Lady Bulldogs were the 4-1 victors at Monday’s rivalry game. 
SCOTTSBLUFF — Crosstown rivals Scottsbluff and Gering split a pair of soccer matches Monday evening at the Landers Soccer Complex in Scottsbluff.

For the third time this season the Gering girls posted a win over the Lady Bearcats with a final 4-1 score. It was also Gering’s 11th win of the season.

Although Scottsbluff held a 31-6 shot margin over Gering in the match’s first 60 minutes, they only managed to have one hit the back of the net.

The Lady Bulldogs defensive effort that shut down Scottsbluff’s numerous shots at goal was a big reason for the win, coupled with ball possession.

Gering also spread out its offense with four different players scoring goals. The first score came in the match’s seventh minute when Jennifer Barge fired a penalty kick past Scottsbluff goalkeeper Morgan Westphal. The second goal came six minutes later when Shayla Garetto passed off to Jackie Hayden for the score.

Gering’s other two goals came in the second half. In the 46th minute, Josie Thompson got an assist from Barge to make it 3-0. And five minutes later, freshman Kaylee Spreier took a penalty kick to make it 4-0 for Gering.

Scottsbluff’s only point came 66 minutes into the match when Micah Holloway scored off an assist from Rachel Weis.

Looking at stats, Maggie Martin, Gering’s goalkeeper, had five saves and Gering had a 4-1 advantage over Scottsbluff in corner kicks. For Scottsbluff, Westphal had 12 saves in the net.

The Class B, District 6 Tournament awaits both teams next week. But first, Scottsbluff will host a pair of games this Friday and Saturday against visiting North Platte and Sterling, Colo.

Gering will close out its regular season on the road Saturday, playing at Laramie, Wyo.

Meanwhile, the Gering and Scottsbluff boys were playing a match that went into overtime before it was decided in favor of Scottsbluff by a 2-1 score.

Scottsbluff has won its last six matches, giving the Bearcats a 2-1 edge over the Bulldogs in the regular season.

The Bearcats and Bulldogs went scoreless until the 39th minute of the first half when Scottsbluff’s Cullen Calderon headed a shot past Dylan Wetherington, Gering’s goalkeeper off a corner kick. At the half, Scottsbluff was up 1-0.

Both teams spent most of the second half trading shots until the 69th minute, when Gering’s Raul Martinez broke out the pack to tie the score at 1-1. That sent the match into overtime.

Five minutes into overtime, Scottsbluff Jed Weis got the point with an assist from freshman Jackson Hinze on a corner kick and put the Bearcats up 2-1.

Gering only made one shot on goal in overtime, which was shut down by Scottsbluff goalkeeper Justin Beccera.

With 14 shots at goal, Scottsbluff took away a 20-16 shot advantage over Gering, who was able to take nine shots on goal for the match.

As for the goalkeepers, Beccera stopped eight of nine shots on goal for the win. Gering’s Wetherington stopped 12 of 14.

The win improves Scottsbluff to 9-8 with one game to go in the regular season. The Bearcats play Class A North Platte on the road Friday. Gering, now at 7-9, hosts Laramie, Wyo. on Saturday to wrap up its season.

Both Scottsbluff and Gering will compete in the B-6 district tournament next week at the Landers Soccer Complex in Scottsbluff.


Gering senior Raul Martinez (No. 2) takes charge of the play, with assistance from teammate, senior Aaron Nietz (No. 10) against Bearcat defenders Blake Wills (No. 23) and Cullen Calderon (No. 14). The Bearcats won 2-1.

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