Gering boys in hunt for district soccer title
     2014-03-27      By Kay Grote    editor@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - Front Row (seated): Travis Mundell, Austin Robinson, Alex Clark, Dylan Wetherington, Brandon Bernhardt, Gage Smith, Justin Brester and Anthony Ramirez; second row, Nic Bibb, Ethan Parks, Brandon Wallace, Marcelino Ramos, Mitch Martin, Brent Barge, Jacob Pieper, Javier Campos, Josh Parra, Ty Romey, Cristian Moreno, Luis Hernandez, Garret Allbaugh, Blade Conquering Bear and Austin Riley; back row, Russell Dobrovolny, Brian Castrejon-Lopez, Thomas Wilson, David Hall, Erik Ramirez, Brett Michaelson, Austin Schilz, Luciano Montanez, Daniel Marshall, Jonathan Guerrero, Gabe Bentley, Corey Robinson, Carlos Perez, Brandon Smith and Jason Doll. Not Pictured: Matt Wolfe.  
The Gering boys’ soccer program has a run for the District title and a berth at the state tournament in its sights. Coming off last year’s 8-9 record, head coach Justin Clark knows he has some building to do, but he is confident in a core group of leaders and talented underclassmen to get the job done. The Bulldogs have 40 players on the field this year.

“Our goals for this season are to improve from last year and to give ourselves a chance to win every game and be in the hunt for the district title at the end of the season,” Head Coach Justin Clark said. “We need to continue to be an aggressive team that looks to capitalize on our opponents mistakes while also looking to improve our ability to possess the ball and create better scoring opportunities.”

Clark has seven returning seniors in Alex Clark, who signed this spring to play at Midland University, Brandon Bernhardt, Justin Brester, Anthony Ramirez, Austin Robinson, Gage Smith and Dylan Wetherington. The Bulldogs also have 11 returning varsity players. Clark said from these players he will be expecting a deeper commitment to individual accountability.

“We look to have several players step up and fill some of the roles that were lost from last year’s senior class,” Clark said. “We also have a great prospect in a transfer player from Torrington, Travis Mundell, who moved to Gering this summer.”

This is Clark’s 13th year coaching the boys’ soccer team. He will be assisted this year by Jesus Duque, a former Scottsbluff Bearcat and WNCC soccer player.

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