NEVADA – Bad breaks hurt the Nevada boys’ soccer team early at the Nevada Invitational Saturday at the SCORE Athletic Complex in Nevada as the Cubs went 1-2 and placed seventh in the tournament.
Nevada suffered a 1-0 loss to Marshalltown in its opening game. In the opening consolation round, the Cubs were dealt a heartbreaking 2-1 shootout loss by Gilbert before rebounding to defeat North Polk in the seventh-place game.
In the shootout with Gilbert, Nevada keeper Peyton Alderson stepped up with a clutch stop on the opening shot by Gilbert. But the Cubs failed to capitalize as Johordan Ritter hit the post on the right side.
Robert Valencia-Cook then converted for Gilbert and Nevada’s Matt Funke was high to give the Tigers the advantage.
A diving stop from Alderson off a Noah Haverdink shot, followed by a successful James Rea shot evened things back up for Nevada. But after Gilbert’s Sam Gordon converted his attempt, Jacob Barker went high to put the Tigers back up.
That left Jacob Huston with a chance to win the game in Gilbert’s final attempt and he punched the ball past Alderson on the right side to give the Tigers the victory.
Nevada had a 1-0 lead for most of the game. Patrick Stephenson scored for the Cubs around 10 minutes into the game and Nevada played tough defense the rest of the half and for the first 15 minutes of the second half.
But midway through the second half, Huston hit a big-time shot to even the score for Gilbert. Huston took a ball about 35 yards away from the goal and drilled a shot to the left side of the net that made it past Alderson to tie the game.
For Nevada, the game saw continued struggles on offense. The Cubs had been shut out four consecutive games heading into the contest and they sputtered again down the stretch versus Gilbert.
“We’ve been having troubles putting the ball in the net,” Nevada co-head coach Todd Sampson said. “We finally got one in and then they just kind of hit a lucky one where our goalie was out of position. In the shootout, we put our five guys in we thought were ready to go and we just had some bad hits on that. That’s the way it goes.”
Nevada did come back to knock off North Polk, 1-0, to place seventh. Stephenson found James Rea on a perfect cross pass from just inside the box for the lone goal of the game.
“I finally was able to break through their line and didn’t have a whole lot of defense around me,” Stephenson said. “I failed to take on the keeper one-on-one the first time, but this time I saw Brandon (Burke) and Jamie coming on the other side, so I waited until it looked like they could get to it and played it across.”
The victory snapped a six-game losing skid.
“We kind of hit a dry spell and had a rough day today as well, playing two pretty tough games,” Stephenson said. “Winning that last one is a big confidence booster going into next week.”
Nevada concluded the tournament with a 6-8 overall record.
NEVADA – Nevada continued to have issues getting the ball into the net May 8 when the Cubs took on Ames at the SCORE Athletic Complex.
Nevada suffered a 3-0 loss at the hands of the Little Cyclones. It was the Cubs’ third-consecutive shutout loss.
Jacob Barker, Brandon Burke, James Rea and Johordan Ritter each fired off one shot for Nevada in a losing effort.
Nevada keeper Payton Alderson made 14 saves in a losing effort. Ames ended up with 24 shots.
Paul Hadish scored twice and Colin Welk netted the other goal for Ames. Tyler Griffin dished out one assist for the Little Cyclones.
ADEL – A good defensive effort didn’t hold up for Nevada versus Adel-Desoto-Minburn May 1 in Adel as the Cubs were handed a 1-0 loss by the Tigers.
Nevada fired off 10 shots. The Cubs gave up 11 shots and the small edge in attempts helped ADM get one through to earn the victory in a defensive battle.
Brandon Burke and James Rea both had two shots on goal and Patrick Stephenson finished with one for Nevada. Cub keeper Peyton Alderson made five saves on the night.
Jacob Hutzell came up with the game’s only goal for ADM.