Gering soccer teams get one win apiece in doubleheader: Bearcat boys rip Kearney Catholic, Bearcat girls see mixed results
     2015-03-26      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Gering junior Hadley Kirk (No. 12) and teammate freshman Brittney Spreier (No. 11) share a moment of elation after a goal during the season’s first home match against Sterling, Colo. The Lady Bulldogs lost 11-2 but bounced back on Saturday with a 3-2 win against Holdrege.  
Soccer season is under way for the Gering and Scottsbluff teams, who competed in Class B district doubleheaders Saturday at North Platte’s Dowhower Memorial Complex.

The Gering girls, who opened the season two days before with an 11-2 home loss to Sterling, Colo., bounced back Saturday with a 3-2 win over Holdrege in a penalty-kick shootout. The Bulldog girls were then dealt a 4-0 defeat by Kearney Catholic.

The Gering boys fell to Holdrege 2-1 in their season opener but came back in their second match to score a 3-1 victory over Kearney Catholic.

After their hard loss to Sterling, in which Tiger sophomore Jaycie Dillenburg scored seven goals and had two assists, the Bulldogs regrouped for their first game Saturday against Holdrege.
“Going into Saturday’s match, we worked on some things on Friday from Thursday’s game and we made some changes, and I think the kids understood them and did a nice job with them against Holdrege,” Gering girls’ coach Lisa Freeburg said.

The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead midway through the second half against Holdrege, following second-half goals by freshman Brittany Spreier and junior Katie Martindale.
However, the Dusters scored the tying goal with just about 30 seconds remaining to force overtime and eventually a shootout that ended up going six rounds before Gering prevailed.

“We just had an error,” Freeburg said of Holdrege’s tying goal. “But we ended up winning the shootout, and that gave us the opportunity to step up to the line and see what they could do.”
Junior Megan Copsey scored the tie-breaking goal in the sixth round after Spreier, junior Hadley Kirk and junior McKenna Copsey scored in the first five rounds, after which the shootout was deadlocked at three goals apiece.

Holdrege out-shot Gering 28-14 overall in the match and held an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks. Goalkeepers McKenna Copsey and sophomore Becky Boyd combined in goal to make 11 saves for the Bulldogs.
Against Kearney Catholic, however, Freeburg said the Bulldogs just didn’t have a lot left to compete against the Stars – who scored two goals in both halves to earn the shutout win. They also shut out Holdrege, 1-0.

Kearney Catholic out-shot Gering 10-6 overall. The Bulldogs finished with five corner kicks and limited the Stars to just two. McKenna Copsey made three saves in goal.

In the loss to Sterling, Gering got a first-half goal from Kirk and assisted on sophomore Jaylee Staman’s second-half goal, which cut into Sterling 8-1 halftime advantage. Boyd made 16 saves for the Bulldogs.

The Gering boys enjoyed plenty of success against Kearney Catholic. The Bulldogs held a commanding 27-13 advantage in total shots, including 19 on goal. Gering also had a 10-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Junior Josh Parra led the Bulldogs with two goals and senior Matt Wolfe scored Gering’s other goal. Wolfe and junior Brent Barge both had one assist each. Junior goalkeeper Chris Bartow made seven saves.
“In the second half, we were able to get our momentum going and pop a couple goals and really take control,” Gering boys’ coach Justin Clark said.

Gering had a fast start against Holdrege in Saturday’s opener. Junior Ty Romey scored the first goal in the ninth minute to put the Bulldogs up 1-0. Junior Javier Campos assisted on the score.
However, the Dusters evened the match at 1-all late in the first half and tallied the go-ahead goal early in the second half.
“We played comfortable and we played confident,” Clark said. “We were able to work and just weren’t able to quite get the finishing touch to get that (tying) score.”

The Bulldogs held a 9-8 edge in total shots against Holdrege. Gering also finished with nine corner kicks compared to the Dusters’ two. Barge and senior Carlos Perez both had a pair of shots. Bartow finished the match with two saves.

Both Gering teams returned to action on Tuesday. The Bulldog girls played host to North Platte, while the boys headed back to North Platte.

The Bulldog boys have their home opener today (Thursday) at 6 p.m. against Cheyenne Central at Memorial Stadium. Both Gering teams will then be in action Tuesday, when the girls entertain Torrington at 6:30 p.m. and the boys travel to Torrington for a 6 p.m. match.

Bearcats open season

The Scottsbluff boys won both their matches Saturday against Holdrege and Kearney Catholic and the Bearcat girls split their doubleheader in action also at North Platte’s Dowhower Complex.
The Bearcat boys opened with a 6-1 ripping of Kearney Catholic and followed with a 2-1 win over Holdrege.

Scottsbluff boys’ coach Nate Rock had said early last week that the Bearcats needed to score some positive results to gain confidence, and Scottsbluff executed such for the most part Saturday while showing it still needed to make improvements.

Four different Bearcats scored against Kearney Catholic. Tristan Donelson and Patrick Madden led the way with two goals each. Also finding the back of the net against the Stars were Isaac Bowman and Bruno Flores. Donelson, Madden, Bowman and Owen Parra all finished with one assist each.

Scottsbluff held a commanding 14-2 advantage in shots. The Bearcats also generated five corner kicks to Kearney Catholic’s one. Matt Mickey wasn’t tested much in net. Mickey finished with one save.
Scottsbluff had a tougher time against Holdrege but came away with the one-goal win. After a scoreless first half, Holdrege went in front 1-0 in the 48th minute. However, the Bearcats responded with goals in the 55th and 71st minutes to earn the win.

Parra and Madden each scored a goal. Jackson Thomas finished with an assist.
Scottsbluff out-shot the Dusters 9-4 in the match. Both teams accumulated six corner kicks each. Mickey made three saves in goal for the Bearcats.

The Scottsbluff girls weren’t as fortunate in their season-opening matches Saturday. The Bearcats lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to Kearney Catholic in the opener before dropping a 4-2 setback to Holdrege.
In the opener, Kearney Catholic scored the only goal of the match in the fifth minute and made it stand up. That didn’t prove to be an easy task as the Bearcats peppered the net with 20 shots.

Scottsbluff held a 20-15 advantage in shots and also had a commanding 9-2 edge in corner kicks. Sophomore Livvy Michael made seven saves in goal for the Bearcats.

After trailing Holdrege 1-0 at halftime of their second match, the Bearcats finally broke through with a pair of goals in the second half. Junior Hannah Holloway scored the season’s first goal in the 11th minute of the second half. Junior Kelli Wentz assisted on the score.

Wentz accounted for Scottsbluff’s other goal in the 33rd minute when she blasted in a penalty kick to pull the Bearcats within 3-2. Scottsbluff couldn’t come up with the equalizer the rest of the way. Holdrege managed to add a late goal in stoppage time.

“Against Holdrege, we were trying a couple different formations,” Scottsbluff head coach Chad Larson said. “In the second half, we ran more of an aggressive offensive formation, and we generated a lot of shots off that. We just need to work on finishing those opportunities.”
The Bearcats out-shot the Dusters 17-12 in the match. Holdrege had two corner kicks to Scottsbluff’s none. Michael and junior Aly Camacho made four saves each in goal. Camacho replaced Michael in net after Michael left with an injury.

Both Scottsbluff teams will return to action on Saturday in action at Torrington that was rescheduled from today. The boys will play at 2 p.m. and the girls will kick off at 4 p.m. Torrington will then visit Scottsbluff on April 24.

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