NEVADA - A clutch performance from keeper A.J. Strottman and a pair of timely offensive responses lifted the Nevada boys’ soccer team to a 3-2 shootout victory over Bondurant-Farrar Monday at the SCORE Athletic Complex in Nevada.
The game was tied at 2-2 through regulation and two overtime periods. Strottman came up with two huge stops in the shootout to get Nevada over the top.
On Bondurant-Farrar’s first attempt, Strottman read the Blujeays’ Luke De Costa and dove right to bat the ball away. Brendan Sellberg followed with a goal for Nevada, Bondurant-Farrar’s Derek Pottebaum converted a kick and then the Cubs Matthew Fortmann was denied to keep the score tied.
Griffin Hughes stepped in the penalty box on Bondurant-Farrar’s third attempt decided to send a shot up the middle. Strottman again made a great read and knocked the ball away to regain the momentum for his team.
“Everytime I try pick a way that he’ll go, and I got lucky tonight,” Strottman said. “After that first one, I got a little more confidence in myself that I’ll guess the right way.”
Devin See followed with a successful kick for Nevada. Bondurant-Farrar’s Nate Hintze was then off the mark, leaving Nevada just needing to make one of its final two shots to get the win.
Trent Stahl stepped into the box and nailed a shot into the net to wrap up the Cub victory.
“The whole team did well,” Strottman said. “We fought back a few times, which was really good for us.”
Nevada fell behind twice during regulation. But the Cubs responded well each time — courtesy of Sellberg.
A Matthew Yeager goal off a De Costa assist put Bondurant-Farrar on the board midway through the first half. A little over seven minutes later, Devin See connected on a well-placed corner kick and Sellberg came up to head the ball into the net and tie the score.
The game stayed 1-1 until late in the second half. Bondurant-Farrar went back on top when Hughes slipped a grounder past Strottman off a ball from De Costa.
But less than a minute later, things were back to being even. Sellberg took a ball from Anthony Ellis and drilled a shot into the net at the 71-minute, 53-second mark.
“I told the guys to keep fighting and keep hitting the balls to me and I’d give it my all,” Sellberg said. “I found the net twice.”
The victory put Nevada at 7-9 on the season. The Cubs ended up with 10 shots on goal and Strottman made 12 saves.
GILBERT - Nevada had a rough offensive night against Gilbert in a 3-0 loss to its Heart of Iowa Conference rivals Friday at Gilbert.
Nevada only had three shots on goal. Brendan Sellberg tallied two shots on goal and Anthony Ellis ended up with one.
Cub keeper A.J. Strottman made six saves in a losing effort. Andrew Thatcher and Matthew Gannon each recorded one goal and assist apiece and Carter Weary scored once for Gilbert (11-2).