Gering girls’ win streak ends
     2016-04-08      By Frank Marquez    editor@geringcitizen.com
Frank Marquez/Gering Citizen Gering freshman midfielder Destiny Mueller works to get past Cheyenne East’s junior Makayla Eatmon for a shot on goal in first-half action Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium in Gering. Unable to get a clear 
The Gering High School girls’ soccer team fell to Cheyenne East Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium in Gering.

The Bulldogs, 5-4 overall (3-1 in districts), were blanked by the Thunderbirds, 6-0, their first loss after a five-match win streak.

In the past week, Gering defeated Grand Island Northwest in a 5-4 shootout finish and Lexington, in a 6-1 drubbing, with both matches played on Saturday at home.

Against undefeated Cheyenne East, Bulldogs Head Coach Lisa Freeburg said, “We actually did OK. East is a solid program. They are ranked No. 1 in Wyoming right now. We had some good shot opportunities and we kept the ball on our half. Defensively, in first half, we held them to two goals. Those were positives.”

On the offensive end, freshman midfielder Destiny Mueller was at moments able to move the ball into scoring position, but the Bulldogs could not capitalize. “I thought our girls did really well. Mueller has done a really good job in winning the ball,” Freeburg said.

Against Cheyenne East, Gering had seven shots, six on goal, while the Thunderbirds had 18 shots, 15 on goal.

Senior goalie McKenna Copsey had nine saves.

Against Lexington, the Patriots had 12 shots with three on goal, while the Bulldogs had 24 shots with 15 on goal. Mueller scored two goals, Brittney Spreier had two, and Katie Martindale had one, and Lexington errantly knocked one in.

Northwest had 14 shots with seven on goal, while Gering had 26 with 16 on goal. Mueller scored one goal. On defense, goalie Copsey had two saves.

The Gering girls head to Columbus to take on North Platte in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference tourney on April 8. Freeburg hopes to “really work on winning the ball, controlling the pace, and passing out of our defense.”

The Gering boys’ soccer team didn’t fare as well, dropping Saturday’s matches to Northwest, a 3-2 shootout, and Lexington, 2-0. Against Cheyenne East on the road, the Bulldogs lost 2-0.

They continue their road trip on April 8 (today) at 5 p.m. against Kearney.

Against East, Gering took three shots, one each by seniors Javier Campos, Brent Barge, and Ty Romey, while goalie Chris Bartow gave a solid performance in the Bulldog’s net, allowing only 2-of-7 shots for a 72-percent save rate. East, however, had 14 shots overall, seven on goal, with two scoring goals, one in each half.

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