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Cub boys corral Mustangs, edge Comets at home

Nevada’s Johordan Ritter knocks the ball away from Prairie City-Monroe’s Mark Hartgers on a header during the first half of the Cubs’ 2-1 victory over the Mustangs April 17 at the SCORE Athletic Complex in Nevada.
Nevada’s Johordan Ritter knocks the ball away from Prairie City-Monroe’s Mark Hartgers on a header during the first half of the Cubs’ 2-1 victory over the Mustangs April 17 at the SCORE Athletic Complex in Nevada.
Nevada’s Abdalla Elsayed dribbles the ball toward the PCM goal during the Cubs’ victory over the Mustangs April 17 in Nevada.
Nevada’s Abdalla Elsayed dribbles the ball toward the PCM goal during the Cubs’ victory over the Mustangs April 17 in Nevada.

NEVADA – It took a while for the Nevada boys’ soccer team to get going versus Prairie City-Monroe April 17, but a big second half enabled the Cubs to pull off a 2-1 victory at the SCORE Athletic Complex.

Nevada controlled the game for most of the first half, as well as the first 10 minutes of the second half. But the Cubs were unable to break through, thanks to the strong play of PCM keeper Derrick Hoodjer and some unlucky breaks on shots.

But with the way the game was going, it was only a matter of time before Nevada was on the scoreboard. After two near misses around nine minutes into the second half, the Cubs broke the ice with a goal at the 50-minute, 50-second mark.

They continued to keep up the pressure over the next 15 minutes, adding a second score during the 64:41 mark. That score put Nevada in firm control.

PCM got on the board with 35 seconds left in regulation to make the final score closer than the game actually was.

“It was a great win tonight,” Nevada co-head coach Todd Sampson said. “We had plenty of good opportunities and finally got a couple to go in there. We have a lot of new faces in our starting lineup who are getting some good experience at the varsity level. We’re growing as we go.”

Senior James Rea is one of several new faces on a team that is replacing all but two starters off last year’s state semifinalist team. Rea had a hand in both Nevada scores, thanks to his nifty passing ability.

“It’s just timing and perfect passing off the foot,” Rea said. “It went right to the player I was looking for and we made something out of it both times.”

Rea found leading Cub scorer Brandon Burke for Nevada’s first goal. Rea made a perfect cross from the right side as Burke was charging toward the net and Burke headed the ball past Hoodjer from just in front of the net.

“We work well together,” Rea said. “For it being my first year I caught on pretty quick playing with him and I understand how he plays.”

The second Cub goal came off a corner kick from Rea. The ball landed right in front of Nevada’s Dylan Posegate, who avoided a crowd to drill the ball into the net for the eventual winning score.”

As a team Nevada finished with 17 shots on goal. The Cubs only gave up three, improving to 5-2 on the season as they keep pushing toward a run at a fourth-consecutive trip to state.”

“Last year they graduated 10 seniors, so I think a lot of us are finding out what Nevada soccer is about,” Rea said. “But we really haven’t played our best yet.”

Ethan Schippers scored PCM’s goal off an assist from Devin Herdon.

Nevada 2, PCM 1

PCM 0 1 – 1

N 0 2 – 2

Scoring

Second half

N – Brandon Burke (James Rea), 50:50

N – Dylan Posegate (Rea), 64:41

PCM – Ethan Schippers (Devin Herdon), 79:25

NEVADA – Nevada earned its second victory over North Polk in four days with a 3-2 victory over the Comets April 15 at the SCORE Athletic Complex in Nevada.

The Cubs defeated the Comets in a shootout (2-1) on April 12 and the two teams engaged in another closer battle in the rematch before the Cubs prevailed in overtime.

Nevada received an unassisted goal from three different players. The Cubs finished with five shots on goal and also benefitted from one penalty kick.

Johordan Ritter converted the penalty kick for the Cubs. James Rea and Patrick Stephenson each added one goal apiece for Nevada.

Cub keeper Payton Alderson made one save to help preserve the victory. Craig Fourez scored both North Polk goals and Matthew Turk handed out an assist for the Comets.

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