Gering soccer teams end season at district competition
     2015-05-07      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Brian Copsey/for the Citizen - Gering junior Megan Copsey fends off a Holdrege threat during Monday’s District B8 district tournament match up. The Lady Bulldogs were defeated 4-2 by the Dusters, ending their season with a 4-12 record. 
The Gering Bulldog soccer teams finished the season with several losses. The boys faced Scottsbluff last Thursday at Memorial Stadium in Gering and suffered a 1-0 loss at home. Scottsbluff’s lone goal came on a penalty kick from Eseah Ingram in the first half.

“Our kids played extremely hard and very well,” Gering coach Justin Clark said. “We had some opportunities to score and we just could not get them through. I thought our defense played outstanding. Outside a penalty kick goal to decide it, it was an even game. I was very proud of the kids and I told them to keep their heads up and their chins up, we will be ready for districts on Monday. It is always close when we get together and play together, nothing is out of the question.”

On Monday the Dawgs traveled to Lexington to take on the Minutemen, the toughest team in Class B-8 and the number 1 seed in the district tournament. Lexington has a 13-5 record this year and are a tough team to play against. The Bulldogs suffered a 5-0 shutout loss against the Minutemen. Senior Kevin Andrade scored a hat trick with freshmen Raymond Morales and W. Hernandez taking on two more goals.

Gering boys had 5 shots but only 1 shot on goal. Junior Brent Barge contributed 2 shots while seniors Nic Bibb, and Macelino Ramos along with junior Javier Campos contributed one each. Campos had the lone shot on goal. Goalie junior Chris Bartow was credited with 10 saves on 15 shots on goal.

Coach Clark summed it up. “The kids played extremely hard and we actually played a pretty good game. Lexington is just one of the better teams that we are going to see. They are probably going to make a deep run into the state tournament and it is always hard when you come up against a team like that.”

Clark also spoke about the future. “You never want to look ahead right at the end of the season you want to sit back and look at the things that we have done and evaluate ourselves as a coaching staff and what things we can improve on. Those things will all come into play for next year.”

The Gering boys ended the season with a 4-12 record, 1-5 in their district.
The Gering girls opened play last Thursday with a 5-0 loss to Norfolk Lutheran/Catholic. On Monday the Gering Girls traveled to Lexington to take on the Holdrege Dusters in a 4-2 loss. Gering scored the first goal in the game as Brittney Spreier kicked it in with an assist from Katie Martindale. The Dusters shot back with two consecutive goals of their own to take a lead. Spreier fired back with another goal to go into the half time break tied. Holdrege earned two more goals in the second half and Gering was unable to match them. Holdrege took the 4-2 win and advanced in the tournament.

“I thought that the girls did a nice job,” Gering Head Coach Lisa Freeburg said. “I felt that the effort was there from the bench all the way to the kids out on the field, the team was entirely into the game. These are a great group of girls, I really enjoyed coaching them. They are a group of girls that play for each other and that made it fun.”

The Gering girls ended the season with a 4-12 record, same as the boys, and 1-6 in their district.

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