Ingram’s late goal keeps Scottsbluff boys unbeaten: Hat tricks by Ford, Wentz lift Bearcat girls to big first victory over Torrington
     2015-04-02      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
TORRINGTON, Wyo. – Two Scottsbluff girls’ soccer players scored a hat trick apiece in leading the Bearcats to their first victory of the season Saturday against Torrington, while Bearcat boys junior Eseah Ingram preserved Scottsbluff’s early undefeated run with a last-minute score over the Trail Blazers.

Bearcat senior Aubree Ford scored her three goals in a quick 11-minute span to open Scottsbluff’s 8-1 victory, while junior Kelli Wentz scored the last of the Bearcats’ five first-half goals and added two more in the second half to net her own hat trick.

“We just came out really fast,” Scottsbluff girls’ coach Chad Larson said. “Aubree was playing really aggressive, and I think that opened up things for us in rest of the offense. I think they started keying on her a little bit and that opened up some lanes for us to pass into and make some good runs.”

Freshman Madi Barraza had Scottsbluff’s two other goals, one in the first half and another early in the second half, shortly after Torrington had broken through in the sixth minute.

Ford scored her first two goals in unassisted fashion, while she put in her third score off a corner kick from Morgan Smith. Smith, a junior, had another assist for the day.

Scottsbluff dominated the offense with a 33-6 advantage in shots taken and 4-0 on corner kicks.
Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Livvy Michael stopped five of Torrington’s six shots.

“It was a good day for us,” said Larson, whose team improved to 1-2 with the win. “We’ve been working on a lot of our passing and some combinations. It’s still really early, but they looked really good and played together really well.”

The Scottsbluff boys began their quest for a third straight win by scoring a pair of goals in the first half, only to have Torrington (0-1) answer each time.

But Ingram broke the Blazers’ catch-up abilities by taking a feed from junior Owen Parra and “We were pleased with our effort,” Bearcat boys’ coach Nate Rock said. “We gave up too many goals, but we got the win so we’re happy about that.”

Ingram scored off an assist by junior Owen Parra, who found the back of the net with an assist by senior Tristan Donelson.

Senior Matthew Mickey stopped eight Torrington shots while the Scottsbluff offense out-shot the Blazers 17-10. Torrington drew four corner kicks while the Bearcats had three corner shots.

“We’re still working through some things,” Rock said. “We have some things to figure out as far as the system we want to play and the formation we want to play. We’re trying guys at different positions and dealing a little bit with an injury bug, but I feel pretty confident.”

The Bearcat girls will go to Laramie, Wyo., today (Thursday) for a 5 p.m. match, while the Laramie boys will visit Scottsbluff for a 5 p.m. contest at the Landers Memorial Soccer Complex.

Both Scottsbluff teams will be in action Monday at North Platte with a pair of doubleheaders. The Bearcat boys will take on Lexington at 11 a.m. and Grand Island Northwest at 2:30 p.m., while the Scottsbluff girls will play Lexington at 12:45 p.m. and GINW at 4:15 p.m.

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