Bearcat soccer rebuilding from loss of key players
     2013-03-21      By Jerry Purvis    news at geringcitizen.com
Photo by Elizabeth Gross/ Gering Citizen - The Scottsbluff boys’ soccer team are front row from left, Tanner Schaneman, Courtland Muhr, Edwin Delgado, Luis Lopez, Hugo Sanchez, Nic Hubbard, Jesus Cena, Ryan Schmidt, second row: Nate Greckel, Graham Shoemaker-Hachenberger, Eseah Ingram, Juan Rejino, Rico Cortez, Tristan Donelson, Manny Delgado, Sergio Godina, Adam Lopez, Fernando Montelongo, Ceasar Ojeda, back row: Spencer Riddick, Micah Yowell, Efran Alaniz, Tomas Carrillo, Thiago Cruz, Francesco Sechi, Owen Parra, Matt Mickey, Jackson Minze, Jackson Thomas, Jordan Salazar and Brenton Riesen. 
The Scottsbluff boys’ soccer team may have lost some key players from last season, they still hope to be a contender with several returning starters and a talented group of newcomers.
One of the priorities for the Bearcats is to find a replacement at goalkeeper for the award-winning Justin Becerra, who graduated last year after breaking a number of school records at the position.

According to Coach Nate Rock, while the Bearcats have strong defense, they’re aiming to be more mindful of the offense in creating scoring opportunities.

Senior Randy Wentz returns as the Bearcats leading scorer from last year, when he posted eight goals. Also returning are senior midfielder Juan Rejino, junior Anthony Parra, sophomore Tristan Donelson and midfielder Rico Cortez.

Scottsbluff opened its season last Saturday in North Platte, coming away with two wins. The Bearcats shut out Kearney Catholic 2-0 before holding off Holdrege in a 3-2 shootout.

On Tuesday, the boys were at home at the Landers Soccer Complex to take on visiting Laramie. They improved to 3-0 overall early in the season with a 1-0 win.

Although young and talented, the Scottsbluff Lady Bearcat soccer team hopes for more wins this season from last year’s 6-11 mark.

Sophomore Aubree Ford returns after last year’s 15 goals, the most goals ever scored by a freshman. And Coach Chad Larson said they’re trying to develop some goal-scoring personalities that can play off her.

A number of players stepped up for the offense during the preseason, including last year’s starting midfielders Micah Holloway and McKenzie Sanchez. Returning on offense are letter winners Kaylie Smith and Rachel Weis, and freshmen Kelli Wentz, Chloey Reifschneider and Hannah Holloway have showed promise on offense.

Opening their season last Saturday in North Platte, the Scottsbluff girls lost an overtime shootout to Kearney Catholic by a 4-3 score. In their second game, the Lady Bearcats lost to Holdrege 4-1.

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