Gering, Scottsbluff soccer teams post road wins
     2014-05-01      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/Sheila Weber Photograghy - Gering sophomore Noemi Amaro (No. 3) fends off Bearcat opponent Chloey Reifschneider (No. 1) amid a pack of Bearcat defenders on the hunt during a rivalry bout on Monday, April 21 at Memorial Stadium in Gering. The teams swapped fields and played each other again on Monday and this time the Lady Bulldogs prevailed 2-0. 
The Gering girls posted a 2-0 shutout over Scottsbluff at the Landers Memorial Soccer Complex in Scottsbluff on Monday. It was the Bulldogs’ first win over Scottsbluff in three tries.

Gering put up a strong defense and held Scottsbluff to zero corner kicks for the entire match. Gering goalkeeper McKenna Copsey had four saves at the net as the Lady Bulldogs racked up five corner kicks and held a 17-16 edge in shots on goal.

Scottsbluff could have been on the board in the first period when a shot from Kelli Wentz almost went in before Copsey made the save.

But with the wind at their backs in the second period, Gering got on the board in the 54th minute when a bullet from Morgan Smith caught the top corner of the Scottsbluff net. The Lady Bulldogs final score came about 20 minutes later when Noemi Amaro sailed the ball just under the crossbar for an unassisted point.

Scottsbluff girls’ coach Chad Larson said the biggest challenge of the day was the strong winds. “When it’s really windy, you have to keep the ball on the ground and we just didn’t do that effectively,” Larson said. “We did better in the second half and made some good plays, but just couldn’t get it into the back of the net.”

Larson said they’re missing a few girls to injuries, but Gering played a solid game. He hopes to have some of his midfielders back soon to help out.

Gering Coach Lisa Freeburg said the defense did a great job of stopping Scottsbluff’s attack.

“We really had to work the ball on the ground because of the wind,” she said. “We haven’t played in the wind very much so it was good to see them go out there and make the necessary adjustments.”

Freeburg said she was impressed with how the team was able to keep the ball on their half of the field and still get shots off.

Both girls’ teams wrap up the regular season this weekend as Gering is on the road for a Saturday match at Laramie, Wyo. Scottsbluff will host North Platte on Friday. The district tournament starts next week.

The Scottsbluff Bearcat boys’ soccer team came away with a close 2-1 win on the road Monday at Memorial Stadium in Gering.

Strong winds were a factor as both teams played solid defense as Gering posted 18 shots, 11 of them on goal. For Scottsbluff, they had 19 shots with 14 of those on goal.

“It was a tough fought game and the wind sure played a factor,” said Scottsbluff Coach Nate Rock. “We try to keep the ball on the ground as much as possible because of wind problems, so it worked out well for us.”

Rock said the team continues to play with

intensity every game of the season. “They continue to play the kind of soccer we want to play. And every time you can beat a rival it’s nice.”

Scottsbluff got on the board first in the 27th minute of play with an unassisted goal from Anthony Parra. Nine minutes later, Parra delivered a cross in front of the goal, which was headed in by Eseah Ingram.

Gering had a number of opportunities to score in the second period, including a free kick that went over the net. Another lost opportunity happened when the ball went loose in front of the Scottsbluff net. But goalkeeper Matt Mickey hauled it in before Gering could take advantage.

Gering did get on the board with about eight minutes left in the match as Gage Smith made a pass to Travis Mundell, who sent the ball to the back of the net.

Matching up the goalkeepers, Scottsbluff’s Mickey finished the match with 10 saves and Gering’s Dylan Wetherington had 12.Scottsbluff has four corner kicks to Gering’s one.

Both teams finish out the regular season this weekend. Scottsbluff is on the road in North Platte for a Friday match while Gering hosts Laramie, Wyo. on Saturday.

The district tournament starts next week and Scottsbluff is expected host as the No. 1 seed. They will play the No. 4 seed, Lexington in the first round.

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