Scottsbluff boys squeak by Gering
     2015-05-07      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Scottsbluff senior Bruno Flores (No. 4) sets up an attempt to score a goal during Monday night’s rivalry game at Gering. Gering senior Marcelino Ramos goes in for a tackle. The Bearcat boys completed their district performance with a 10-0 loss to the Lexington Minutemen on Tuesday. 
The Scottsbluff boys opened the week with a 1-0 win over Gering last Thursday. It only takes one was the theme of the game last week when the difference was Eseah Ingram’s penalty kick with 24:02 left in the first half. Scottsbluff had 14 shots with 4 on goal and 3 corner kicks. Gering had 6 shots with 2 on goal and 1 corner kick.

Capping the regular season with a few matches including the one against Gering, Scottsbluff headed into District Championship play Tuesday, suffering a 10-0 loss to the Lexington Minutemen. Offense evaporated on the Cats as Lexington scored 7 goals in the first half, and added 3 in the second half.

“It did not go very well,” said Cats Head Coach Nate Rock. “It kind of just snowballed on us. We let one in early and it seemed like it was bouncing their way the whole night. We did not play well either so they deserve a lot of credit. We know that we are a better team than that. We are pretty disappointed with that result.”

It may not be the end of the season for Scottsbluff as they could still draw an invitation to sub-state. An announcement was not available at press time. If Scottsbluff does advance, The Citizen will publish results in next week’s edition. The Bearcat boys are now 9-8 on the season.

In the Thursday match against Gering, Rock said, “We are pretty banged up, Matt Mickey went out early in the first half, and we had to make some adjustments there. Then we lost our right back midway through the second half. They came to play. And give credit to Gering in the second half they were all over us and we just couldn’t get the ball out.

Rock added: “I thought we had some chances in the second half to get some goals, we had some chances in the first half to get some goals. When these two teams get together it’s a battle. This field is a little bit narrower and it is hard to find a little space, trying to get rid of them is a little bit more difficult. We battled, and we have battled three times this year.”

On Friday, the Scottsbluff boys took on the North Platte Bulldogs losing, 2-1, a home match at the Landers Soccer Complex. The Cats took the lead in the first half on a T.J. Albright goal. North Platte’s Ryan Letourneau answered with two goals in the second half, thus the decision.
On Monday the Bearcat Boys traveled to Lexington to take on the Dusters of Holdrege, and the Cats took the win, 2-0. Patrick Madden earned both of Scottsbluff’s goals on Penalty Kicks, one goal after 13 minutes in the first half, and the second goal at the 28-minute mark of the second half.

The game ended on a strange twist. With only a few minutes left in the match, a Holdrege player was red carded after pushing an official. The official stopped action, and Scottsbluff recorded with the win.

The Scottsbluff girls’ soccer team started the week with a 1-0 loss to North Platte. The girls traveled to North Platte for the last regular season game of the year. The only goal in the game came in the second half. North Platte’s Sami Mauch booted the winning goal after 14 minutes. Scottsbluff had 4 shots compared to North Platte’s 11. Scottsbluff only got 2 corner kicks versus 7 by North Platte.

The Scottsbluff girl’s season came to an end on Tuesday as they suffered a 1-0 loss to Lexington in the first round of district play. Scottsbluff Coach Chad Larson said, “Overall we possessed the ball 80-85 percent of the game. We made 28 shots to their 8 but they got the one that counted and we could just not get one to go. I like the way the girls played, the style, we played really well we just could not get the W. The Lexington keeper played really well, she had 18 saves.”

Larson said he was pleased with the team’s development during the season. “Overall yes, I like the direction we are heading,” he said. “I like the style that we play. We are only losing one senior. The girls truly connected this season. I am really looking forward to the off season and working with them.”

The Scottsbluff girls ended the season 7-9 overall.

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