Gering soccer prevails over Dogies, adds to win streaks
     2016-04-18      By Frank Marquez    editor@geringcitizen.com
Frank Marquez/Gering Citizen Gering senior forward Ty Romey leaps over after trying to scoot past his Newcastle opponent in the Bulldogs’ 7-1 victory over the Dogies on Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium in Gering. 
The Gering Boys soccer team (5-7) stretched its win-streak to three, after thumping Newcastle (Wyo.), 7-1, Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium in Gering.

The Bulldogs’ Ty Romey led all scorers with two goals.

Both Gering boys and girls soccer teams are feeling good after a strong showing at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference tournament over the weekend in Scottsbluff.

Against Newcastle, the Bulldogs scored their first goal after 20 minutes in the first period as Romey drove for the net. Two minutes later, Brent Barge passed off to Luis Hernandez for a second netter. Newcastle’s Colin Heaton answered, but it was all the Dogies would get for the match. Gering added two more scores before intermission with an unassisted goal by Josh Parra and another by Javier Campos, the recipient of a bullet pass from freshman midfielder Carson Wallace.

Gering’s smothering defense and battles for the ball kept the Bulldogs in scoring territory after coming out of the half, while Head Coach Justin Clark continually called for his players to maintain aggressive, positive control. The Bulldogs added three to their score, as a Newcastle player committed an “own goal” helping Gering, with 32 minutes gone by. Romey and Brester padded Gering’s lead with two more goals.

Gering finished the match with 24 shots, 13 on goal compared with the Dogies’ four shots, with only two on goal. Gering also had 11 corner shots, while Newcastle had zero.

The Bulldog boys travel to Grand Island on Saturday, and will play GI Central Catholic and Norfolk Lutheran.

In previous matches, the Gering boys’ prevailed over Lexington Patriots, 3-2, on April 9, Saturday, with goals by Campos, Barge and Criztian Avalos. In the afternoon, the Bulldog boys downed the Scottsbluff Bearcats, 3-2, this time getting scores from Campos, Barge and Romey. On defense in both matches, Bulldog goalie Chris Bartow had five saves out of seven shots against the Cats, and four saves out of six shots versus the Patriots.

Prior to the boys’ nightcap, the Gering girls’ soccer team also defeated Newcastle, 6-1, improving their overall record to 7-6.

The Bulldog girls collected goals from Madelin Parks and Brittney Spreier in the first half, then went on a scoring spurt after intermission.

The Newcastle girls could only manage one goal in the first half, and were stifled in the second half. Spreier scored her second consecutive goal with 38 minutes played in the match. Katie Martindale scored two rapid-fire goals at about the 51-minute mark, giving Gering a 5-1 advantage.

The Gering girls had 28 shots, 19 on goal compared with Newcastle’s five shots, two on goal.

The Gering girls kept pace with their Bulldog counterparts, dishing out losses to Lexington, 3-1, and rival Scottsbluff, 5-2.

Across the North Platte River, the Scottsbluff Bearcats boys’ soccer team celebrated their win Tuesday night over Wyoming’s defending state champ Cheyenne Central, 2-1, on the Indians’ home turf.

The Bearcats, like the Bulldogs, will see the same two opponents, GI Central Catholic and Norfolk Lutheran, this Saturday in Grand Island.

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