BONDURANT - The Nevada girls’ soccer team rebounded from a heartbreaking loss with a hard-fought 2-1 road win over Bondurant-Farrar Monday at Bondurant.
The Cubs, ranked No. 3 in Class 1A, had suffered a 1-0 sudden-death shootout loss to No. 7 Gilbert at home three days earlier. On Monday, the Cubs prevailed after getting off eight shots on goal and receiving five big saves from Erin Francis at keeper.
Abby Stephenson scored one goal and dished out one assist for Nevada. Maddie Stephenson came through with the other Cub score.
Stephenson, Stevens and Kaylee Kruschwitz each totaled two shots on goal for Nevada. Skye Borton and J.J. Williamson added one apiece.
The victory put Nevada at 9-4 on the season. Bondurant-Farrar fell to 7-7.
Kate Tidman scored off an assist from Erin Kruse for Bondurant-Farrar’s only goal. Bluejay keeper Sam Landy made five saves.
NEVADA - Missed opportunities came back to haunt No. 3 Nevada in a 1-0 sudden-death shootout loss to No. 7 Gilbert in a Class 1A girls’ soccer rivalry game between the two Heart of Iowa Conference schools Friday at Cub Stadium.
Nevada couldn’t take advantage of a handful of good looks during regulation or the second overtime period. The Cubs also failed to capitalize on two missed Gilbert kicks during each of the first two shootouts and that allowed the Tigers to prevail in the third shootout.
“It’s nice to play a game like this,” Nevada head girls’ soccer coach Randy Davis said. “Gilbert showed us a weakness. We have to get better at that weakness.”
During the first shootout Gilbert made its first three shots, but missed the fourth. Cub keeper Grace Francis then made a diving stop on the final Gilbert attempt.
Nevada made its first three shots of the opening shootout as Abby Stephenson, Kayee Kruschwitz and Holly Coogler all converted. But then Tiger keeper Erin Kimle came up with stops on the next two Cub attempts to force a second shootout.
The second shootout saw both teams make their first three shots and then fail to convert on the final two. Francis and Kimle each made one stop and each team had one shot go off the mark.
In the final shootout, Gilbert’s Eva Steckelberg made the first shot. Stephenson stepped into the penalty box and went to her left in an attempt to answer, but Kimle was ready and she knocked the ball away to give Gilbert the win.
Izzy Kapustka, Amanda Fortmann and Maddie Stevens each joined Stephenson, Kruschwitz and Coogler in converting a penalty kick for Nevada during the shootout periods.
Nevada got a number of good looks in the first half.
Stevens had a great cross go just wide in the first five minutes, and six minutes later she was a little high on a shot from 10 yards in front of the net. Stevens was then just high on a shot from the 18 in the final seconds of the first half.
The Cubs continued to control the ball early in the second half. But Gilbert settled down and won the possession battle the rest of the half and in the first overtime period.
In the second overtime, Nevada got a couple more good looks, Kaylee Kruschwitz was wide on an 18-yard shot and in the final three minutes, Stevens had a shot go just over the upper bar on the goal.
“We had those opportunities, we have to take advantage of them,” Davis said. “We had three, four opportunities in the game in the first half and three or four opportunities in the shootout and didn’t get them. That’s the breaks of soccer sometimes.”
The loss put Nevada at 8-4 on the season. Gilbert improved to 9-3.