Bulldogs soccer teams log weekend wins
     2014-04-10      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Gering sophomore Noemi Amaro head bumps the ball during Tuesday’s home match up with Cheyenne East. The Lady Bulldogs fell 4-0 to the Thunderbirds.  
The Lady Bulldogs got their first wins of the season going from a four game losing streak to a three game win streak. The girls took out Torrington 4-1, Lexington 2-1, and Grand Island Northwest 4-3. The boys split games with an outstanding 8-0 win over Torrington, a 3-1 win over Grand Island Northwest, and a 6-0 loss to Lexington.

The Gering girls were at a crossroads, either start winning or face a losing season. The ladies chose to win. The girls started Thursday against Torrington on the road. There was no scoring in the first half. In the second half Morgan Smith struck the first blow against Torrington, assisted by Abby Kiesel. Smith scored again with an assist by Noemi Aramo. Kelsea Prieels netted the third point on a corner kick. Smith closed the game out with the fourth and final point.

“Going into the game we had three team goals,” Coach Lisa Freeburg said. “One of our team goals was to be first to the ball. The girls did a great job working to win the ball and maintaining possession. It really clicked for us. In the second half, we came out with a very aggressive attack. Through our aggressive attack we were able to dominate play and find the net. The girls are starting to understand how to play their positions and really put everything together. The defense all the way to the forwards did a great job. I was proud of the way they played Thursday night.”

The Bulldog boys faced the Torrington Trailblazers at home on Thursday night. The boys dominated the game scoring four points in the first half and four in the second while holding Torrington to a scoreless game. Travis Mundell led the scoring with four goals. Gage Smith was next with two goals and two assists. Josh Parra picked up one goal and Marcelino Ramos contributed one goal and one assist.

“The game went really well, we got a win, we scored four in each half,” Coach Justin Clark said. “The kids came out, it was the home opener, and it was senior night. We were motivated to come out and have a good game they just performed well.”

The Bulldog teams traveled to North Platte on Saturday to face Lexington and Grand Island Northwest. The girls swept their games.

The boys split the games. Northwest was the first opponent of the day. Gering scored the only goal in the first half with Javier Campos taking the honor and Travis Mundell assisting. Northwest opened the second half by tying the game at 1-1. Gering had an answer for that as Campos scored again followed by another goal from Mundell.

“We started out slow and we got our first goal 18 minutes into the game,” Coach Clark said. “We held that for the rest of the half. They came out in the second half and tied it up right away. From there we settled in and started creating more opportunities. Campos got the game winner and Mundell put the icing on the cake.”

Gering lost to Lexington and didn’t score at all during the game. According to Coach Clark, it’s always difficult when you play a quality squad like Lexington.

“They are a five time state qualifier, advancing to the semi-finals most of the time, they are definitely a quality school,” he said. “We have a small roster anyway so we went in a little undersized compared to them. We took a few injuries during the Northwest game so we were a little bit shorter than normal. Not that being short made a difference Lexington was the better side throughout the game. It kind of snowballed on us and got away from us. Lexington got the 6-0 victory scoring three goals in each half.”

The girls played the same teams on Saturday with slightly different results. The ladies beat Northwest in a shootout 4-3. Gering was down 1-3 at half time with Katie Martindale scoring the lone goal. The second scoring started when Kelsea Prieels made a corner kick that was knocked in by Martindale.

The third goal was knocked in by Noemi Amaro. Gering won the resulting shoot out and the game.

Coach Lisa Freeburg said “The girls were very persistent on Saturday and kept fighting until the end. Whether we were down 3 or tied the effort was the same. This continuous effort shows you the kind of team we have, they are a very coach-able group that won’t quit. We finished the game with 30 shots, 26 on goal. The girls did an excellent job getting shots off and just need to finish them. GINW had 18 shots, 11 on goal. McKenna Copsey finished the game with 8 saves.”

Gering won the next game 2-1 against Lexington and Amaro made both the goals one in each half. Lexington scored its only goal in the first half. Lexington- 12 shots, 9 on goal. Gering 25 shots, 16 on goal. Coach Freeburg said “The girls fought hard in the first game and gave everything they had left in the second to come home on a 3 game win streak. We will play great competition this week as we host Cheyenne East on Tuesday and play North Platte at GNAC in Scottsbluff on Friday.”

On Tuesday Night the Gering teams played Cheyenne East. The boys won 2-1 on goals by Travis Mundell and Alex Clark. The Gering girls lost 9-0. The boys are now 5-3 and the girls are 3-5.

Up next in local soccer is the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference tournament at the Landers soccer fields in Scottsbluff. This is a bracketed tournament on both Friday and Saturday. All four fields will be used at once. The action starts at 3 p.m. on Friday. #1 Kearney will play #8 Lexington on field #1. #4 Norfolk will play #5 Hastings on field #3. #3 Columbus plays #6 Scottsbluff on field #4. #7 Gering plays #2 North Platte on field #2. Come out and support your favorite team.

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