Bulldogs sweep Blazers for 4th wins
     2013-03-28      By Staff Report   
Scottsbluff boys also start year with 4 victories

The soccer coaches at Gering High School have their teams on early-season rolls after both scored lopsided wins Tuesday night over Torrington, Wyo., in split-site action.

The Gering girls have their bid in repeating as district champions and a return trip to the Class B State Tournament in full gear after scoring an 8-1 triumph over Torrington at Memorial Stadium. The Bulldog boys made their short trip to Torrington worth all the while, blanking the host Blazers, 8-0.

The Bulldog girls have found a lot of success early on by winning four out of their first five games by a combined score of 24-3. Against Torrington, Gering’s first-half goals came from Shayla Garetto and Jennifer Barge.

Garetto added another goal in the second half and was joined with two scores apiece by Josie Thompson and Morgan Smith. Alexa Anderson added the Bulldogs’ other goal.

Senior goalkeeper Maggie Martin stopped two of the Trailblazers’ three shots on goal, the lone goal on a penalty kick.
Before Tuesday’s win, Gering scored a 10-0 shutout Thursday at Newcastle, Wyo. Gering had a 37-4 advantage in shots on goal, with Thompson ringing the back of the net three times for a hat trick.
Garetto added two goals, while Anderson, Laettner Blanco, Kelsea Prieels, Nicole Michael and Smith netted one goal apiece. Martin stopped all four of Newcastle’s shots on goal in recording her second shutout of the season.

The Bulldogs’ only loss was a tough game against Class A North Platte, 3-1, in Gering’s return to Memorial Stadium on March 19. Thompson scored Gering’s lone goal on a second-half penalty kick.
The Gering boys improved to 4-2 on the season with their shutout victory at Torrington on Tuesday. After leading just 1-0 after the first half, the Bulldogs erupted for seven second-half scores, with Gage Smith knocking in three scores for the hat trick.

Joey Godinez, Marcelino Ramos, Matt Wolfe and Brandon Wallace also scored goals for Gering, and the Bulldogs earned another score on an own-goal by Torrington. Jarron Rasnic had three assists for Gering.

Dylan Wetherington made nine saves in recording the goalkeeping shutout.
Tuesday’s win for the Bulldog boys came after they earned a forfeit win over Newcastle. Earlier last week, however, Gering was extended the distance with North Platte and earned a 2-1 victory after winning a shootout at Memorial Stadium.

Matt Wolf scored Gering’s only regulation goal in the second half off an assist from Alex Clark. North Platte tied the match shortly afterward, and the teams remained deadlocked through 20 minutes of overtime to set up the shootout.

Gering outscored North Platte in the shootout 4-3, with goals by Justin Wallace, Mathiew Prieels, Clark and Smith. Wetherington deflected one of North Platte’s penalty kicks and the other went wide.

The Gering boys are finding their footing after splitting their season-opening games March 16 at North Platte, losing to Holdrege 1-0 and defeating Kearney Catholic 3-0.

The Bulldogs suffered a 1-0 loss in their home opener March 18 to Cheyenne Central in less-than-favorable conditions for outdoor sports. Not only were the temperatures cold outside, the Bulldogs just couldn’t find the net in their shutout loss against the larger Wyoming school.

Both Gering teams, as will both Scottsbluff squads, will resume action Monday when they travel to North Platte. All four teams will play Lexington and Grand Island Northwest in double-triangular action.

The Gering teams will not have another home date until April 22, when they host Scottsbluff at Memorial Stadium.

Scottsbluff boys off to strong start

The Scottsbluff boys are also off to a good start at 4-1 on the season after winning at cross-state rival Torrington 4-0 Friday night. Francesco Sechi, an Italian exchange student, scored the Bearcats’ first goal off an assist by Owen Parra.

Senior Randy Wentz bagged two goals early in the second half in leading the Bearcats, with both scores
coming on assists from Sechi. Wentz then set up Rico Cortez for Scottsbluff’s final score, and Brett Magana had five saves in goal for Scottsbluff in earning the shutout victory.

The Bearcat boys’ other wins came over Kearney Catholic, Holdrege and Laramie, while only dropping one match thus far to Cheyenne East, 3-0, on March 19 at Cheyenne.

The Scottsbluff girls started off the season with tough losses to Kearney Catholic, Holdrege and Cheyenne East but bounced back to notch their first win of the year, 5-2 at Torrington on Friday night.

Aubrey Ford scored three goals for the Bearcats, who trailed Torrington 2-1 until Kelli Wentz hooked a corner kick into the goal shortly before halftime.

Hannah Holloway put Scottsbluff ahead early in the second half off an assist from Chloey Reifschneider. Ford then topped off her hat trick by scoring twice in just three minutes.

Kenzie Sanchez was credited with an assist on Ford’s first goal, and Claire Holsinger had an assist on Ford’s final goal.
Scottsbluff also returns to action Monday, when the teams also travel to North Platte to face Lexington and Grand Island Northwest in double triangulars.

After both Scottsbluff and Gering will participate in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament at Kearney on April 5 and 6, the Bearcat girls will be back home April 9 to face Cheyene Central at the Dr. Allan C. Landers Memorial Soccer Complex.

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