NEVADA - For the second season in a row, the Nevada girls’ soccer team was dealt a tough 1-0 loss to Heart of Iowa Conference rival North Polk Monday in a battle of ranked Class 1A teams at Cub Stadium.
The Cubs fell in heartbreaking fashion Monday. North Polk scored with less than a minute remaining in regulation as Comet forward Emily Larson drilled a 25-yard shot into the right corner of the net, with just 49 ticks left on the clock.
“We were just thinking — we’ll get to overtime, but they dropped one in on us just like last year,” Nevada head girls’ soccer coach Randy Davis said. “It was a great shot.”
Last season, North Polk scored the winning goal with just over six minutes remaining.
The weather played a role in North Polk’s victory. The Comets had a strong wind to their backs in the second half — something Nevada was unable to take advantage of over the first 40 minutes.
The Cubs had a couple good looks in the first half. Their best shot at scoring came when Hattie Rhodes got the ball ahead of the defense and fired a 15-yard shot toward the right corner of the goal, but it went just wide.
Nevada tried to withstand the wind issue in the second half with a great defensive effort by Kaylee Kruschwitz, Izzy Kapustka, Holly Coogler and Gillian Tupper. They almost got the job done.
Davis said the game will do nothing but help the younger players entering the varsity lineup.
“I thought it was a good game,” Davis said. “We’ve got six new people out there and we’ve got some other people that are moving positions. This is a big learning experience, finding our spots and roles and so forth. We’re moving in the right direction — that’s what we want to do.”
The loss put Nevada at 0-2 on the season. North Polk improved to 3-2.
North Polk 1, Nevada 0
NP 0 1 - 1
N 0 0 - 0
NP - Emily Larson, 79:11.
NEVADA - Nevada opened the season with a rough outing against an Ames team ranked in the top 15 in Class 3A.
Nevada, rated No. 4 in 1A to start the season, was never in sync in a 5-0 loss to the No. 15 Little Cyclones.
Grace Nelson picked up a hat-trick with three goals and she added one assist for Ames. Melina Hegelheimer had one goal and two assists, Emme Peters scored once and Hartley Christensen handed out one assist for the Little Cyclones.