Scottsbluff girls’ soccer team creating strong offense
     2015-03-19      By Doug Harris    dougharris@geringcitizen.com
Photo courtesy of Terry Pitkin/Scottsbluff High School Journalism - The Scottsbluff High School girls’ soccer team members for 2015 are, front row from the left: Maryha Martinez, Devaney Halley, Breana Villagrana, Morgan Smith, Grace Maser, Karen Orona, Hannah Holloway, Tessa Fulk, Merrissa Espinoza. Middle row: April Quintana, Sophia Hainzl, Abbigail Tygart, Reegan Green, Alisha Gutierrez, Olivia Michael, Erin Willats, Caylen Calderon. Back row: Madilyn Barraza, Claire Holsinger, Kaylee Bentley, Aubree Ford, Aly Camacho, Kelli Wentz, Courtney Wills, Chloey Reifschneider. 
The Lady Bearcats finished last season with a 6 – 11 record and one tie with Torrington but head coach Chad Larson noted that the team faced tough district competition including facing off against some Class A schools.

“We want to improve our overall quality as a team,” Larson said, “but we weren’t that bad last year. I think the team was better than our record indicates.”

Larson said The Class B District 6 Bearcats just made it into district competition last season but did not advance beyond the semi-finals.

“This year we are hoping to do better,” he said. “We have a really positive group of freshman girls joining this year. They all played together in youth leagues. The outlook is good. The freshmen girls have already been working off season with our more experienced players. So I am really excited for this year.”

Larson said over the past few years the team has not produced the level of offensive play he’d like to see. “I think we can do better and score more goals,” he said. “Mostly we plan to stay with our game plan from the last two seasons but we probably could use some work on finishing better. We have some good existing characteristics so I don’t see any major changes coming.”

Larson explained that every district game is critical and that the Bearcats have a healthy respect for their competition.
“Any team can go out and beat another one in soccer,” he said. “Soccer can be a cruel sport that way.”

Larson has been head coach for the past nine years but has been involved in Bearcat soccer since its inception in 2000. He said they only have one returning senior this year in Aubree Ford but many juniors and sophomores have plenty of varsity experience.

“District play is fun and competitive,” he said. “It is always fun when we play Gering. The girls are all friendly with each other until they are out of the field, then they go all out.”

Larson said they had an even split against Gering last year. He also noted that playing Holdrege is another match up that is intense.
Larson is supported by assistant coach Bethany Conde and assistant volunteer coaches Ryan Larson and Carrie Snyder.

“We really need to focus on offense and finishing and I think we will have a great season.”

Scottsbluff girls’ soccer schedule

Saturday, March 21 At North Platte vs. Kearney Catholic (11 a.m.) and Holdrege (2:30 p.m.)
Thursday, March 26 at Torrington – 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 2 at Laramie – 5 p.m.
Monday, April 6 At North Platte vs. Lexington (12:45 p.m.) and Northwest (4:15 p.m.)
Tuesday, April 7 Home vs. Douglas, Wyo. – 5 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, April 10 – 11 GNC Tournament at Lexington – TBA
Tuesday, April 14 at Cheyenne Central – 5 p.m.
Monday, April 20 Home vs. Gering – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, April 21 Home vs. Newcastle, Wyo. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, April 24 Home vs. Torrington – 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 25 Home vs. Cheyenne East – 5 p.m.
Monday, April 27 at Gering – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 1 at North Platte – 6 p.m.
Monday – Tuesday, May 4 – 5 Districts – TBA
Thursday, May 7 Districts – TBA
Wednesday, May 13 State Tournament begins – TBA






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