Gering girls’ soccer team creating team first attitude
     2016-04-01      By Frank Marquez    editor@geringcitizen.com
Courtesy photo The 2016 Gering Girls’ Soccer team members are, front row from left, Megan Copsey, McKenna Copsey, Annie Sebastiani, Katie Martindale, Hadley Kirk, Noemi Amaro. Second row: Abby Kiesel, Zoё Van Dyke, Brittney Spreier, Cora Leypoldt, Tayler Douglas, Stephanie Munoz, Hassie Hood. Third row: Sydney Heimbouch, Becky Boyd, Destiney Mueller, Maddi Parks, Kassidie Rahmig, Leah Martin, Shelley Reza, Messina Maley. Fourth row: Sydney Havengar, Alyssa Urwin, Mary Newman, Nellie Kirk, Kelsee Walter, Charity Franco, Head Coach Lisa Freeburg. Fifth row: Melody Kaup, Kyla Kuxhausen, Alex Fuentes, Carlie Sides, Rachel Rawlings, Gracie Batt. Not pictured: Kaitlyn Johns, Jaycee Rice, Hannah Coleman, Assistant Coach Natalie Prokop. 
The Gering Girls’ soccer team Head Coach Lisa Freeburg said the Lady Bulldogs, so far this season, are “starting to put things together and playing well.”

A 4-3 winner on the road Tuesday night against the Torrington Trail Blazers, the Bulldogs, a B-8 district team that finished 4-11 last season, is on a bit of winning streak after having upended Kearney Catholic and Holdrege the previous night at Memorial Stadium in Gering.

The girls’ early season losses have come against North Platte, Scottsbluff and Sterling, which leaves Gering at 3-3 going into its next matches on April 2 against Grand Island Northwest and Lexington.

Freeburg said she wants the team to “play solid defense, improve the midfield, and split the opponents defense.” Building on last season’s lessons learned, she said, “we improved our man marking off the ball through communication and watching film.”

In regard to the intricacies of the matches, Freeburg’s mind is on doing the small things well, emphasizing work on marking, the players talking to each other, getting back on defense, and ensuring strong support during attacks.

The girls team is led by eight seniors out of the 35 student-athletes vying for starting roles. “We have great senior leadership that has created a team-first attitude,” Freeburg said.

Freeburg has been coaching for Gering for seven years. She’s is aided by assistant coach Natalie Prokop.

Gering Girls’ Soccer schedule

April 2, v. GI Northwest at N. Platte H.S., 12:45 p.m.

April 2, v. Lexington at North Platte H.S., 4:15 p.m.

April 5, v. Cheyenne East, 6 p.m.

April 8-9, GNAC at Columbus, TBD

April 12, v. Newcastle, 4 p.m.

April 16, v. Berthoud at Loveland Sports Park, noon

April 18, at Scottsbluff (Landers Complex), 5 p.m.

April 23, v. Campbell County, 2 p.m.

April 26, v. Cheyenne South, 2 p.m.

May 2-3, Districts

May 7, Sub-state

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