Gering soccer boys top Bearcat rivals
     2015-04-23      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering’s Marcelino Ramos (No. 19) controls the field with a powerful kick toward the goal while Bearcat opponent Ben Rodriguez tries to stop him. Bulldog teammate Nic Bibb hustles toward the action with Bearcat Patrick Madden close behind. 
On Tuesday Gering got a 3-1 win over Scottsbluff at the Landers Soccer Complex in Scottsbluff. Holding to the tradition from other sports the Gering vs Scottsbluff game is always special. Previous records don’t matter as both teams always step up the level of play when going against their cross town rival and Tuesday was no exception.

The scoring was opened by Scottsbluff s’ Bruno Flores in the first half. Gering Bulldog Nic Bibb answered in short order and tied the game 1-1. Matt Wolfe knocked in another goal for Gering and the Dawgs enjoyed a 2-1 lead at half time. Ty Romey gave the Bulldogs an insurance point in the second half and Scottsbluff was not able to answer at all before the game was over.

Gering head Coach Justin Clark said, “It was a great performance by the kids. They came out and they gutted it out. All season long we have been dealing with all kinds of adversity and I am very proud of the effort these guys played with today.”

Scottsbluff head coach Nate Rock said, “For 78 minutes of the game I thought we played better, we possessed the ball better. If you can’t finish you can’t win. That’s our problem. Give them tons of credit, give Chris Bartow tons of credit he played a heck of a game. They took their chances and they finished it. That will lose you games every time.”

In other action the Gering boys hosted Newcastle, Wyoming last Thursday. The Dawgs came away with an impressive 7-0 win, their second of the season. Brent Barge, Nic Bibb, and Ty Romey each scored two goals. Matt Wolfe had 1 goal. Goalie Chris Bartow had 2 saves. Marcelino Ramos had 3 assists and Brent Barge had 1.

Scottsbluff is now 5-6 on the season and 2-4 in the district. According to the current schedule, which given the weather is constantly changing; Scottsbluff will play at Torrington on Friday. Gering is now 3-10 on the season and 1-3 in the district. Gering will host Torrington on Tuesday, with the same potential for a changing schedule applying.

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