GILBERT – The first victory of the season came in dramatic fashion for the No. 6 (Class 1A) Nevada boys’ soccer team Monday as the Cubs scored in the final minute to edge rival Gilbert, 2-1.
Nevada entered the game at Gilbert needing a boost. The Cubs had suffered a 3-1 setback against Dallas Center-Grimes in Nevada last Friday to open the season.
It appeared Nevada was headed for another defeat after one half against Gilbert as the Cubs trailed 1-0. But the Cub defense stepped up to hold the Tigers scoreless over the final 40 minutes and Nevada tied the game less than two minutes into the half on a Brandon Burke goal.
Neither team was able to break through again until the game headed into the final minutes of regulation. Just when it appeared the game was going into overtime, Nevada’s Jamie Rea took a cross from Burke and drilled a shot into the net during the 79th minute to win the game for Nevada.
With the big comeback victory, Nevada will take a 1-1 record into its next game Friday versus Kuemper Catholic. That game will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Carroll.
NEVADA – A young Nevada team was thrown into the fire early as the Cubs opened the season with a 3-1 loss to Dallas Center-Grimes Friday at the SCORE Athletic Complex in Nevada.
Nevada entered the season coming off three straight trips to state, including a runner-up finish in Class 1A two years ago and a trip to the semifinals last year. But with the loss of a very large and talented senior class and new coaches (Sam Hoover and Todd Sampson), the Cubs – ranked No. 6 in the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association preseason poll – must endure some growing pains.
For a little over a half, Nevada was able to hold its own and then some against DCG. The first half ended in a scoreless tie and the Cubs took a 1-0 lead a few minutes into the second half off a goal from Brandon Burke.
But then DCG began to take control. The Mustangs put all three of their goals on the board over the next 15 minutes and Nevada never recovered, falling to the No. 10 team in 2A.
Payton Alderson and Salvador Garcia combined to do a quality job at keeper in a losing effort for Nevada. Logan Hart netted two of DCG’s goals and Eric Ratcliff came up with the other score for the Mustangs.