NEVADA - A depleted Nevada boys’ soccer team gained a huge confidence booster Monday with a 5-2 victory over Denver to open Class 1A substate play at the SCORE Athletic Complex in Nevada.
Nevada (9-10) lost top scorer Brendan Sellberg to a broken leg last week in a 2-1 home win over Adel-Desoto-Minburn. The Cubs were also without Rodrigo Perez, who tore his meniscus against Gilbert on May 12.
That means that other players must step up if Nevada is to make a deep postseason run and on Monday, Devin See and Anthony Ellis rose to the occasion.
“We lost a couple good people, so we’ve just got to do those small things right,” See said. “Possess the ball, hustle, effort. Those little small things will get us victories.”
See netted his first hat-trick of the season and he also dished out one assist.
See scored once in the first half to help Nevada take a 2-0 lead at the break. In the second half he scored once at the 54-minute, 41-second mark, then put the final nail in Denver’s coffin by scoring with just under three minutes remaining in regulation.
“The team was just getting me the ball and I was just putting them on frame,” See said. “Three of them got in.”
Ellis was a tremendous facilitator against Denver. He assisted on each of the first three goals for Nevada.
“They make good runs,” Ellis said. “When players make good runs, you just get them (the ball).”
Taylor Maiefski netted Nevada’s first goal off a feed from Ellis just 2:26 into the game. Trent Stahl also put a goal on the board for Nevada midway through the second half off a ball from See.
Denver finished the season at 4-13. Kain Eagle and Bo McMahon each scored one goal for the Cyclones in a losing effort versus the Cubs.
NEWTON - The Nevada boys’ soccer team concluded the regular season with a 5-0 loss at Newton.
Zach Combs scored two goals for Newton. Josh Ventling added one goal and assist apiece and Justin Fischer and Logan Heisdorffer each scored once.
NEVADA - Nevada pulled off a 2-1 victory over Adel-Desoto-Minburn in overtime on senior night May 16 at Cub Stadium, but it came at cost.
Nevada lost leading scorer Brendan Sellberg to a broke leg. But they overcame the injury to knock off the Tigers in front of the home crowd.
Sellberg scored both Nevada goals before going down — Devin See assisted on each score. A.J. Strottman came up with six saves at keeper.
Lucas O’Connor scored ADM’s only goal.