Scottsbluff boys end soccer season
     2013-05-09      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen - Scottsbluff’s Thiago Cruz (No. 10) passes the ball while teammates eye the play during a recent match against North Platte. 
The Scottsbluff boys’ soccer season came to a close in Holdrege on May 2 while they played the championship match for the Class B District 6 Tournament.

The Bearcats had already knocked off Kearney Catholic 5-0 and No. 2 seed Grand Island Northwest 1-0 in the semifinal match. The championship match was equally low-scoring, but top seed Lexington came away with the win and a ticket to the state tournament by a 1-0 score.
The lone point came with just 14 minutes left in the match when Lexington’s Erick Tinajero found the back of the net on a penalty kick.

For the record, the Bearcats had four shots on goal, and goalkeeper Bret Magana had 12 saves at the net. Lexington held the advantage in corner kicks at 6-1.

“We knew we’d be going up against some tough teams in the tournament,” said Scottsbluff head coach Nate Rock. “I think we played well against both Kearney Catholic and Northwest. We just came up a bit short against Lexington.”

He said the Bearcats had good game plan that was executed well, so he wasn’t surprised the win was that small of a margin. “Toward the end of the game I got this feeling we might sneak one in and get out of there with a win. But the difference was a penalty kick.”

The Bearcats started last January with conditioning drills and Rock said he thought they were playing their best soccer at the end of the year.

“It was a very competitive and good season,” he said. “We’ve done well in preparing younger players. We had anywhere from eight to 11 players who got some quality varsity time this year who will be returning next season. A lot of them are in the defense. That’s important because you want to build from the back.”

Rock said he’s fairly confident the team will be competitive next season and in years to come.

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