NEVADA – Monday’s game with Collins-Maxwell-Baxter was a chance for the No. 3 Nevada girls’ soccer team to work on different things and get several players more varsity experience.
The undefeated Cub girls were far too powerful for the Raiders on a nice and breezy day at the SCORE Athletic Complex. Nevada overwhelmed CMB from the start, scoring seven goals in the first 16 minutes en route to a 10-0 triumph.
“We use these games to get ready for our next opponent,” Nevada forward Jessica Helton said. “CMB worked hard, but we just kept our focus and played our game.”
Helton accounted for five of Nevada’s goals and she also handed out two assists.
Helton assisted an Abby Stephenson goal one minute, nine seconds into the game to get things rolling for the Cubs. Stephenson returned the favor for Helton three minutes later, and then Helton found Kati Cassabaum for a score to put Nevada up 3-0 just 6:40 into the game.
Helton drilled an 18-yard shot past CMB keeper Lexi Breon for Nevada’s fourth goal. Cub head coach Randy Davis then subbed out his starters, but it didn’t matter as the talented Nevada reserves put three more goals on the board.
Erin Sellberg was responsible for two of those goals and Holly Coogler had the other.
The Cub starters came back in midway through the half and the Helton-Stephenson duo struck again as Stephenson found Helton for a score at the 25:51 mark. Helton netted her fourth goal of the half after following up a Michaela Matuska shot with 11 minutes to go in the half.
“We work really well together,” Helton said. “That will help us a lot in the long run.”
Nevada took a 9-0 lead at the half.
CMB only had two shots on goal and the second attempt was the Raiders’ only serious scoring threat. The Raiders’ Anna Jones nearly followed a ball for a clear shot into the net, but Cub keeper Clara Sporrer just beat Jones to the ball.
Once play resumed in the second half, it didn’t take long for the Cubs to get their 10th goal. Helton scored off a great ball from Cassabaum 2:22 into the half to end the game on account of the 10-goal mercy rule.
The victory put Nevada at 11-0 on the season. CMB dropped to 2-4.
Nevada 10, CMB 0
CMB 0 0 – 0
N 9 1 – 10
N – Abby Stephenson (Jessica Helton), 1:09
N – Helton (Stephenson), 4:25
N – Kati Cassabaum (Helton), 6:40
N – Helton, 7:46
N – Erin Sellberg, 11:22
N – Holly Coogler, 12:24
N – Sellberg, 15:25
N – Helton (Stephenson), 25:51
N – Helton (Michaela Matuska), 29:00
N – Helton (Cassabaum), 42:22