Gering Soccer vs Newcastle, Grand Island CC and Norfolk Lutheran/Catholic
     2014-04-24      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering sophomore Brent Barge (No. 10) winds up for a kick amid Newcastle defenders, while teammate sophomore Javiar Campos (No. 2) closes in for support during a home match on Thursday last week.  
The Gering soccer teams started out last Thursday fighting the battle of the 21 counties. Girls’ and boys’ soccer teams from Gering (in 21 county Nebraska) took on the Newcastle (in 21 county Wyoming). The Gering teams swept and shutout Newcastle as the girls won 8-0 and the boys won 7-0. The boys continued to win as they traveled to Grand Island beating Grand Island Central Catholic 5-3 and Norfolk Lutheran 3-1.

Morgan Smith was the star of the girls’ game against Newcastle as she nailed three goals in the first half and 1 in the second. Smith said “our offense was really strong today we have been practicing through balls all week and it really showed today, our defense was strong, too.”

Gering girls coach Lisa Freeburg said, “We took control over the game right away and never let down. We passed the ball well and did an excellent job moving into space. I was proud of the girls’ continuous effort out on the field.”

In the boys’ game vs Newcastle, Dylan Wetherington and Gage Smith each scored two goals, Justin Brester, Alex Clark, and Travis Mundell each scored one. Brent Barge got two assists, Gage Smith, Nic Bibb and Alex Clark each earned one assist.

Coach Justin Clark said, “It was nice to have another home game, our boys came out right away, it took us a little bit to finally get some scoring going but once we did we kind of opened up the gates there. It was nice to see a lot of the work we have been putting in pay off.”

The Bulldog boys traveled to Grand Island on Saturday for a double header against Grand Island Central Catholic and Norfolk Lutheran. Gering started out behind 1-0 to Norfolk but came alive with three goals in a row; two by Travis Mundell and one by Javiar Campos. Brent Barge was credited with two assists.

Coach Clark said, “It’s a long road trip, our kids are used to traveling but that is a little bit further than most people need to travel to play two back to back games. We were a little sluggish in the first game (Norfolk). They came out and got a goal on us early, that kind of woke our guys up and they responded well. We got a goal at the end of the first half and then in the second half we were able to take control and dominate that game.”

G-Town next took on Grand Island Central Catholic. The Dawgs continued the day of domination as they won 5-3. Gage Smith made two goals while Brent Barge, Javier Campos, and Travis Mundell each had one. Assists were credited one each to Brent Barge, Justin Brester, Gage Smith, and Travis Mundell.

Coach Clark said, “It was one of those weird little things that went back and forth and back and forth. I think we were definitely a better team we just had some troubles with some of the things that they were trying to do. They had a very large and strong forward that used his size and his strength to cause problems for our defense. The good side was that our attacking side was to open up the scoring to overcome the goals that we did give up.”

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