NEVADA - It may have been a little more stressful than desired, but the Nevada girls’ soccer team found a way to get past Bondurant-Farrar, 3-2, in its season opener Monday on a chilly night at Cub Stadium.
Nevada entered the game having to replace most of its defense, all-state forward Abby Stephenson and other talented contributors off last year’s Class 1A state semifinal team. The Cubs faced a fierce challenge from Bondurant-Farrar, but two first-half goals and a strong answer in the second half proved to be just enough.
Freshman Addi Vorm scored the eventual winning goal for Nevada. Bondurant-Farrar pulled within 2-1 on an Emma De Costa goal at the 56-minute, 33-second mark, but it took just 40 seconds for Vorm to respond.
“We had a good run,” Vorm said. “All of us had good passes and I just connected with the ball. One touch and go.”
A Hannah Thomsen ball set up Vorm for the score.
“We knew we had to get one back,” Vorm said. “It was a good answer.”
De Costa struck again 69:04 into the game to get the Bluejays back within one. She nearly scored again on a great ball that hit the upper post with four minutes remaining.
Bondurant-Farrar had a couple other good scoring chances in the final minute. But Cub keeper Grace Francis and a young Nevada defense featuring sweeper Kacie Rewerts, charger Abbie Lindsey and fullbacks Haley Miller and Aubrey Gibson did just enough to fend off the Bluejays.
“The defense really stepped up,” Francis said. “There was a lot of action, but the defense really had my back, especially the one that bounced off the post. Really, really glad they were there.”
Bondurant-Farrar had a shot get by Francis that just missed going into the net before hitting the far post and getting cleared by the Cub defense six minutes into the second half. Francis also made a great play on a long Bluejay shot in the final minute of the first half — the ball continued sailing and appeared it was going over her head and into the net before she made a great reaction to catch the ball.
“I was little nervous,” Francis said of her big save before the end of the first half. “But it started hanging up in the air and I knew I had it.”
Francis ended up with eight saves.
For the first 29 minutes of play the game was a tight back-and-forth affair, where neither team could find the net. But Madison Stevens broke through for Nevada at the 29:08 mark, connecting right at the 18 from middle of the field off a great ball from Amanda Fortmann.
“We all just work together really well in the middle,” Stevens said. “Following our passes is what we need to do. It’s a good way to start the season.”
J.J. Williamson netted Nevada’s second goal at the 36:33 mark off another nice feed from Fortmann.
Nevada 3, Bondurant-Farrar 2
BF 0 2 - 2
N 2 1 - 3
N - Madison Stevens (Amanda Fortmann), 29:08.
N - J.J. Williamson (Fortmann), 36:33.
BF - Emma De Costa, 56:33.
N - Addi Vorm (Hannah Thomsen), 57:13.
BF - De Costa, 69:04.