Gering tracksters blow through Wyoming competition
     2011-04-21      By Gering Citizen    editor@geringcitizen.com
Bulldogs and Bearcats battle it out in the rain on Monday. 
On the field you have the center referee, the two linesmen, both teams ready for battle, and sometimes you have Mother Nature, who decides to become an element in the game.

It was the big rivalry game everybody always anticipates, Scottsbluff Bearcats vs. Gering Bulldogs. On this day, where the rain was as consistent as you can ask for, the game would be played with both teams riding win streaks, Scottsbluff’s five to Gering’s two.

The game immediately started with a fast pace with the Bearcats controlling more of the midfield. Gering had difficulty possessing the ball but found a quality shot when Raul Martinez took a shot near the 18 almost scoring a lower 90 goal.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs it would be after that shot when the troubles would begin. Soon after, the Bearcats scored off a 20-foot shot that skidded past goalkeeper Joey Rasnic. Around 10 minutes later Rasnic was left against a one v one, which is one of the most difficult things for a goalkeeper to win, and the ball was placed in the back of the net.

With about five minutes in the half the Bulldogs had a series of corner kicks. It would be on the second one where Daniel Nisser would come across the box and heel touch a goal past the Bearcat goalkeeper.

The score was 2-1 and just when it seemed like Gering was brought to life, Scottsbluff deflated any possibility of that happening by scoring a third goal just seconds later.

The second half wasn’t any prettier for the Bulldogs. They did a good job penetrating down the field but when it came to the Bearcats defensive territory, Gering could not find any quality shots or create any sort of combination.

After a fourth goal all hope was lost, and a final dagger was placed after the fifth goal. The final score, Scottsbluff beats Gering 5-1.

These two teams will face one more time in the regular season, and it will be one more chance for Gering to find a way to defeat their foes. Third time’s the charm?

In girls soccer action, the Lady Bulldogs displayed their speed, their strength, and their strong defense.

It wasn’t long into the first half when Jodie Thompson scored the first goal placing it past the Scottsbluff goalkeeper. That would be the only goal of the half as Gering took a 1-0 lead at halftime.

The second half brought more intensity from both teams. Scottsbluff pushed their attack and found some clear shots on goal, but with Gering’s strong defense and great saves from their goal keeper Maggie Martin, the Lady Bulldogs were able to a stain on the scoreboard.

Midway through the second half Jennifer Barge gave Gering some breathing room blasting a shot in the top part of the goal scoring the second goal for the Lady Bulldogs.

Everybody in the soccer nation knows that the score of 2-0 is the most deceitful score in a game. It may seem like a nice cushion but it can change with one goal.

The Lady Bulldogs knew they needed one more to prevent any kind of comeback from the Lady Bearcats.

Near the end of the game, DeDe Miller dished off a great assist to Nichole Micheal who would finish the play and score, putting in the final dagger and helping Gering claim victory.
It was a well played game by the entire Gering team, from the great saves of the goalkeeper, to the dangerous attack of the strikers. The final score, the Lady Bulldogs winning 3-0.

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