NEVADA - A great start to each half on offense, combined with steady defensive play, gave the Nevada boys’ soccer team a 4-0 victory over Collins-Maxwell-Baxter April 27 at Cub Stadium.
The Cubs scored two goals within the first 10 minutes of the first half, building a 3-0 halftime lead. They added another goal early in the second half and coasted the rest of the way.
“We came out fast, and were able to put the pressure on them and keep it on them and get possession, get some shots off and get some goals,” Nevada forward Brendan Sellberg said. “That was the goal of the game.”
Devin See first got Nevada on the board with an unassisted goal just over two minutes into the game. Seven minutes later, Sellberg netted his first goal off an assist from Emilio Saldana.
After the hot start, CMB regrouped and settled down to play Nevada fairly evenly for the next 30 minutes before halftime. But just before the end of the half, Rodrigo Perez came up with a big goal to regain momentum for the Cubs.
“None of the CMB guys were going (to the ball) so I just came up to it,” Perez said. “I had a good touch on it, made a move outside and just shot it. That’s what we do a lot a practice — I’m just trying to use what little things we use.”
Sellberg put the final nail in CMB’s coffin early in the second half with a goal off an assist by Carter Bremer. The Cub defense took care of the rest as Nevada snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 5-6 on the season.
CMB fell to 3-7 with the loss. The Raiders had six shots on goal — including two apiece by Ryan Sabastiano and Josh Bruntz — and keeper Brendyn Padget made 15 saves.
WATERLOO - For the second game in a row, Nevada was unable to find the net in a 1-0 loss to Columbus Catholic April 24 in Waterloo.
The Cubs were coming off a 1-0 setback to Waverly-Shell Rock and their drought continued against Columbus Catholic as they suffered their third loss in a row. Nevada only got off five shots on goal against the Sailors.
Anthony Ellis and Brendan Sellberg each ended up with two shots on goal and Andrew Saunders added one for Nevada. Cub keeper A.J. Strottman made nine saves.
Alex Rhomberg netted Columbus Catholic’s goal off an assist from Nga Reh.