Gering soccer: win some, lose some
     2015-04-02      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Nathan Flowers/Spectrum Photo - Gering junior Brent Barge keeps it inside during Thursday’s home match against Cheyenne Central. The Gering boys fell 6-1 to Torrington on the road Tuesday night. 
Gering soccer teams are turning up the competition levels but seeing mixed results. The girls’ hard work in practice paid off against Torrington on Tuesday when they hosted the Trailblazers, ending their week-long break with a 3-1 win. The Bulldog boys (1-4) suffered a 6-1 setback at Torrington Tuesday.

“We normally don’t have this long a break during the season, but it’s been nice,” said girls’ coach Lisa Freeburg. “We got to work on some things and we had a little fun at practice on Friday.”

Last week, both teams came up winless, first in a pair of games Tuesday against North Platte. Then the Bulldog boys were nipped on penalty kicks Thursday by Cheyenne Central for a 2-1 home loss at Gering Memorial Stadium.

In Thursday’s boys’ game, Gering had an early goal by junior Josh Parra hold up until Central forced overtime with an equalizing goal in the final five minutes of regulation, and then the Indians took the match on penalty kicks.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when junior Josh Parra scored 35 seconds into the contest off a feed from senior Marcelino Ramos.

Despite the loss, Gering boys’ coach Justin Clark gave credit to the Indians and complimented the Bulldogs on their solid play throughout the majority of the game.
“Our kids came out and were fired up right away. Obviously we got the early goal that put us in a good spot, and we were able to play very organized and very patient the rest of the game. We made a point after that, we could see that they were pushing and attacking a lot and we just tried to stay compact and organized defensively as best we could.

Central maintained control otherwise offensively despite trailing for the next 75 minutes. The Indians held a 25-5 advantage in total shots, 11-4 in shots on goal and 5-1 in corner kicks.

Central got its opportunity with a game-tying goal in the final five minutes to knot the score at 1-apiece and then won the game on penalty kicks.
“Cheyenne Central’s going to be a very good team,” Clark said. “You could tell that by just watching those guys play.”

Junior Chris Bartow made nine saves in goal for the Bulldogs.

“We tried to take our chances sparingly as we could, and our kids executed that plan very well for the majority of the game. Unfortunately, with about five minutes to go, they just created a good scoring opportunity and were able to finally put one in.
“Defensively, I thought our kids just played outstanding. Chris Bartow in goal was phenomenal in holding us all together. Just a great effort by the kids.”

The Gering boys suffered a 3-0 shutout loss last Tuesday at North Platte, and the opposing Bulldogs dominated the statistics like they did the scoreboard. North Platte held a 17-2 advantage in total shots, a 13-1 margin in shots on goal and 7-1 in corner kicks.

In the North Platte-Gering girls’ contest, played at Memorial Stadium, the visiting Class A Bulldogs had the upper hand all game long and went home with a 7-1 victory.
North Platte was led by Sam Tagwerker’s hat trick and out-shot the host Bulldogs 29-2.

Junior Hadley Kirk scored Gering’s only goal, which cut into North Platte’s 4-0 lead in the second half.

Despite the setback, Bulldog girls’ coach Freeburg said her team had plenty to learn from the lopsided decision.

“We’re really trying to play the ball out of our defense, not just kick it out, and we worked on that quite a bit. We worked on our shapes throughout the midfield, making angled runs, and some other things that we just haven’t been doing very well.”
Both Gering teams will resume action Monday at North Platte with a pair of doubleheaders to begin a busy week.

The Bulldog boys will take on Grand Island Northwest at 11 a.m. and Lexington at 2:30 p.m., while the Gering girls will play GINW at 12:45 p.m. and Lexington at 4:15 p.m.
On Tuesday, the Gering boys will play Cheyenne East at Memorial Stadium with a 6 p.m. kickoff, while the Bulldog girls will head to the Wyoming capital to play the host Thunderbirds at 6:30 p.m.

Then on Friday and Saturday, the Bulldogs will be in action at the GNAC Tournament in Columbus. Schedules will be announced next week.
“We’ll be ready to go,” Clark said.

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