Lady Bulldogs advance to district championship
     2013-05-02      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Gering senior and Bulldog top scorer, Josie Thompson (No. 18) gains momentum as Bearcat opponents freshman Chloey Reifschneider (No. 24) and junior Kayla Pierce (No. 8), and Celeste Calderon (No. 4) hustle to defend. 
The Gering Lady Bulldogs soccer team is in Holdrege today to play for the B-6 district championship, following a 1-0 district win over the Scottsbluff Lady Bearcats at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night.

To employ a bad literary device – it was a cold and rainy night. All the spectators were huddled under umbrellas for the entire match, as were the players when they weren’t on the field.

The match was decided by a single goal. A penalty by the Bearcats with about 21 minutes left in the first half sent Josie Thompson, Gering’s ace scorer, to the line for the penalty kick and put the Bulldogs up 1-0. For the rest of the match, both teams traded corner kicks and shots on goal, but the ball never found the back of the net for either of them.

“We didn’t find the net from the field, but we did possess the ball on our half,” said Gering head coach Lisa Freeburg. ‘We were taking shots and trying to find the goal. A lot of variables factor into every game, but both teams were playing in the rain so that was no excuse.”

The Lady Bearcats finished their season with the loss. Head coach Chad Larson said he didn’t think the rainy weather was a major factor in the low-scoring match. “Overall, I think our girls did a pretty good job of handling the weather,” he said. “It might have helped them because they had to focus more.”

Larson said the Bulldogs are an explosive team that can rack up a lot of points against opponents. “Just marking Josie Thompson is a big challenge for any player. I put one of my freshmen, Chloey Reifscneider, on her and she did a really good job in covering Josie.”

Larson added his midfield players did a good job in closing down the Gering attack. “Gering’s going to get their shots, but our game plan was to make them take poor shots.”

Tuesday night’s match was far different from one week ago when the Bulldogs handed Scottsbluff an 8-1 loss for Gering’s last home game of the regular season on April 23. Thompson scored five goals and set a new school record for most goals in a single match.

“We didn’t want a repeat of that one,” Larson said after Tuesday’s match.
The Bulldogs were awarded the top seed in the Class B District 6 tournament last week when pairings were released by the Nebraska School Activities Association.

The Lady Bulldogs face the Holdrege Dusters today to determine the B-6 champion, with that team going to Omaha for the state tournament.

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