Arch-rivals split shutout victories
     2013-04-18      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Thompson’s hat trick leads Gering girls; Wentz’s 2 scores pace Bearcat boys

SCOTTSBLUFF – After dealing with a week filled with snow-based postponements and rescheduling of games three hours away, the Scottsbluff boys’ and Gering girls’ soccer teams found no better place than home Monday.

On a day that offered perfect field conditions at the Dr. Allan C. Landers Memorial Soccer Complex and preceded the second of two unseasonable snowstorms, the Bulldog girls rode senior Josie Thompson’s hat trick and a stingy defensive effort in front of senior goalkeeper Maggie Martin in downing Scottsbluff 4-0.

On the west field, Scottsbluff senior Randy Wentz scored one goal on a first-half penalty kick and a second-half driving boot in leading the Bearcats to a 3-0 win over Gering.
Gering Girls win 4-0

The Bulldog girls dominated the action in attacking the Scottsbluff zone and goal while protecting their own half of the field.
Gering fired 34 shots, 18 on goal, while Scottsbluff was limited to just four shots, three on goal that were all saved by Martin. The Bulldogs also had an 8-1 advantage on gaining corner kicks.

“Our goal is to possess the ball on our half the majority of the game, and the girls did an excellent job of doing that,” said Gering coach Lisa Freeburg, whose team’s last action was April 5 when the Bulldogs finished fifth in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament.

Thompson scored points on all four of Gering’s goals. She hit the net in the seventh minute off an assist from senior Jennifer Barge, and then Thompson passed the ball to a wide-open junior Laettner Blanco in the 24th minute for a 2-0 Bulldog lead that held through halftime.

“She has done an excellent job of passing the ball and then finding shots,” Freeburg said of Thompson, who then scored off an assist from senior Shayla Garetto in the 45th minute and completed her hat trick seven minutes later on a goal off a pass from senior Alexa Anderson.

Freeburg credited her defensive unit, led by senior Western Nebraska Community College signee Brooke Satur, for helping the Bulldogs build a 9-3 record on the season.

“They have been doing an outstanding job and they don’t always get recognized because they don’t score goals, but they did an excellent job pushing Scottsbluff (2-9) offsides and working to push up, so that was good to see,” Freeburg said.

The Bulldogs were to play at Sterling on April 9, but the winter storm deemed Walda forced a postponement to April 25. That rescheduled match will give Gering three games next week, all at home, in completing the regular season.

“We’re just glad that we got to play,” said Freeburg, whose team lost a match at Torrington to the weather on Tuesday. “We didn’t want it to be canceled.”

Bearcat boys win 3-0
Wentz gave Scottsbluff a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick in the 35th minute, breaking a scoreless deadlock that offered Gering more credit in intensity than the final 3-0 count for Scottsbluff indicated.

“I think we played well for 70 or 75 minutes, but just not 80,” Gering coach Justin Clark said. “And that was the big difference.”
“It’s always nice to score late in the half, and that gave us some momentum going into halftime and I thought that carried over well for us,” Scottsbluff coach Nate Rock said. “I felt like we controlled the pace of the game for large portions.”

Wentz put the Bearcats ahead 2-0 on a 64th-minute goal, and Italian exchange student Francesco Sechi added Scottsbluff’s final goal five minutes later.

The Bearcats (7-5) held an 11-5 advantage in total shots, 10-3 in shots on goal. Scottsbluff had seven corner kicks to Gering’s two.
“We outplayed them at several points in the game,” said Clark, whose team fell to 6-8 with the loss. “We just weren’t able to get anything on goal that really challenged. We had a couple and their goalkeeper (Brett Magana) bobbled it, and we didn’t follow.

“We had a lot of guys who were watching and really expecting somebody else to do something, and that has been one of our nemeses this season is guys who kind of watch their teammates as opposed to helping and supporting their teammates.”

Bulldogs, Bearcats shut out GICC at North Platte
In action Saturday moved to North Platte after Landers Complex field conditions were not conducive to play. Both the Gering and Scottsbluff boys made themselves right at home in scoring shutout wins over Grand Island Central Catholic.

The event originally was to have the Bulldogs and Bearcats face both GICC and Lutheran High Northeast/Norfolk Catholic, but the Norfolk-based team canceled out of the affair because of weather and subsequent travel concerns.

Gering junior Gage Smith led the Bulldogs’ 4-0 win with a hat trick, with his first goal off an assist from junior Alex Clark in the eighth minute. Smith then scored Gering’s second goal in the 16th minute aided by freshman Brent Barge, a margin that held up until five minutes into the second half.

Gering sophomore Joey Godinez gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead in the 46th minute on a goal assisted by senior Jarron Rasnic. Smith then completed his hat trick four minutes later on assist from senior Bret Orozco.

The Bulldogs outshot GICC 16-3, with a 10-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Scottsbluff then wore down the tired Crusaders in their 9-0 win, led by Wentz with four goals.

Wentz had his hat trick recorded by halftime. Junior Anthony Parra scored twice for the Bearcats, while Creighton Miller, Eseah Ingram and Jackson Hinze also netted Scottsbluff goals.

The Bearcats had a 20-5 advantage in total shots, with Brett Magana stopping all five shots in goal for Scottsbluff. The Bearcats had eight corner kicks to the Crusaders’ two.
What’s next?

Both teams were dealt cancellations on Tuesday following the emergence of Winter Storm Yogi, with Gering’s home-and-home action against Torrington called off and Scottsbluff’s doubleheader against Newcastle, Wyo., also scrapped.

Scottsbluff returns to action Saturday at the Landers Complex with noon varsity action against Torrington.
“This is typical of April in Nebraska, so we’re used to playing in it,” Rock said of the weather’s effect on the games and schedules.
The Bulldogs and Bearcats will reconvene on Tuesday when they meet at Gering Memorial Stadium, with the girls’ game starting at 3:30 p.m. and the boys following at about 5:30 p.m.

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