Bearcats start busy soccer season
     2014-04-03      By The Gering Citizen   
Photo by Sheila Weber/Sheila Weber Photography - Scottsbluff’s Aubree Ford prepares to make an aggressive pass around a Torrington defender on Friday at the Landers Soccer Complex in the Bearcats’ first home match. The Trailblazers defeated the Lady Bearcats 3-2 with a penalty kick in the final seconds of the match.  
The Scottsbluff girls opened their 2014 soccer campaign on March 25 with a 6-0 road loss against the Cheyenne East Thunderbirds.

The Lady Bearcats were shorthanded for the match and just couldn’t keep up with the defending Wyoming Class 4A state champions. The Thunderbirds scored four goals in the first half and another two in the second.

The Lady Bearcats were back at home March 28 for a match against the Torrington Trailblazers. It was a penalty kick save in the closing seconds of the match that decided the game as Torrington took a 3-2 victory at the Landers Soccer Complex.

The Lady Bearcats got on the board first as Aubree Ford, with an assist from McKenzie Sanchez, made it 1-0 in the 25th minute of play. That was the score at halftime.

Torrington got rolling in the second half as the Trailblazers’ Stacy Gutierrez tied the score at 1-1 just three minutes in on an assist from Maddy Werner. Ten minutes later, Werner put the team up 2-1 with her own shot on goal.

Torrington’s final goal came 70 minutes into the match as Gutierrez scored a second time and extended their lead to 3-1.

The Lady Bearcats made another run with about six minutes left when Hannah Holloway blasted in a header off an assist from Kelli Wentz, cutting Torrington’s lead to 3-2.

Although Scottsbluff had a penalty kick, it was stopped by Torrington goalkeeper Brittany Randall, and Torrington came away with a 3-2 win.

The next day, the girls were on the road to North Platte for a double dual with Holdrege and Kearney Catholic.

The Lady Bearcats started off the day by blanking Kearney Catholic 3-0. Sophomore Kelli Wentz picked up two unassisted goals and then assisted on a third by Aubree Ford.
The second match was a different story. The match with Holdrege was scoreless at halftime, but the Lady Dusters were able to score three times in the second, handing Scottsbluff a 3-0 loss.

While the Scottsbluff girls were on the road at Cheyenne East for the season opener on March 25, the Thunderbirds boys’ team was in Scottsbluff to play the Bearcats.

Scottsbluff took a 1-0 lead with a goal by Eseah Ingram, assisted by Anthony Parra 17 minutes into the match. It came just minutes after another apparent goal was nullified by an offsides call.

Cheyenne East tied the match 1-1 late in the first half.

The Thunderbirds got their second and last goal in the second half, 47 minutes into the match, then held on for the win.

The Scottsbluff boys got their first victory of the season at home on March 28 against Torrington. The Bearcats took control of the match early on, picking up a goal from Eseah Ingram on an assist from Jayson Marks 22 minutes into the match. A second goal came from Denzel Salazar on an assist from Tristan Donelson. The score was 2-0 at halftime.

Torrington came out fast in the second half and scored a goal, narrowing the score to 2-1. But Scottsbluff kept up the pressure as Parra scored two more goals, in the 44th and 73rd minutes of the match. Donelson provided the assist on the second goal. They finished with an unassisted goal from Blake Wills in the 80th minute to walk away with a 5-1 win.

The Bearcats boys team took their 1-1 record to North Platte on March 29 for double dual matches with Holdrege and Kearney Catholic.

Scottsbluff goalkeeper Matthew Mickey picked up two shutouts as the team blanked Kearney Catholic by a 3-0 score and a 2-0 win over Holdrege.

Against Kearney Catholic, Parra scored and unassisted goal in the 39th minute. In the second half, Parra provided an assist to Mitchell Miles for the second score. Jayson Marks added another to seal the 3-0 victory.

In the second match against Holdrege, the first half went scoreless. But in the 41st minute, Marks assisted Parra for the first score. Seven minutes later, Denzel Salazar followed up with an unassisted goal to finish the match with a 2-0 victory.

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