NEVADA - The Nevada girls’ soccer team split two games at the Nevada Invitational Saturday, winning a shootout thriller over Ballard and falling to Class 3A power Southeast Polk at Cub Stadium.
Nevada, ranked No. 10 in 1A, went to 5-2 on the season with a 1-0 win over Ballard and a 3-0 loss to a Southeast Polk squad rated No. 14 in 3A.
The game against Ballard was a defensive war. Neither team could score during regulation or overtime, setting up the shootout.
In the extra session, Ballard went first. Cassie Smith converted the first Bomber shot and Nevada was off the mark in the second. Ballard’s Sydney Halverson followed with a make and this time Nevada answered when Kacie Rewerts put one into the net.
The momentum swung in Nevada’s favor over the next two attempts. Ballard was off both times and the Cubs’ Amanda Fortmann converted one of the next two Nevada attempts to tie things at 2-2 going into the final attempt.
Nevada keeper Erica Sporrer came up huge on the last Ballard shot, blocking Erin Rochleau’s attempt to give her team a chance to win the game. Freshman Hannah Thomsen took advantage of the golden opportunity by converting the final kick to seal the deal.
In the loss to Southeast Polk, the Cubs were held to just three shots. Madison Stevens, Hattie Rhodes and Addie Vorm each got off one attempt for the Cubs.
Sporrer and Grace Francis split time at keeper against the Rams. Sporrer made eight saves and Francis tallied 10.
Sydney Milani and Sami Albertson each had one goal and assist apiece for Southeast Polk. Abbigail Hersom scored the other Ram goal.
NEVADA - A quick Nevada goal made all the difference in a defensive battle between the Cubs and Collins-Maxwell Friday at Cub Stadium.
Nevada’s Addi Vorm scored an unassisted goal in the opening minute of play and it ended up standing in a 1-0 Cub victory.
“It’s frustrating not being able to keep up the pace that we had at the beginning,” Nevada charger Abbie Lindsey said. “But I think we put (up) a good effort worth into keeping the pressure going.”
Vorm capitalized on an early opportunity to get her team on the board for the game’s only score.
“I knew we wanted to get on top right away,” Vorm said. “I had a chance to shoot and I took it. I touched it one way and was open for the shot so I just took it and it hit the goalie’s hands and went in.”
Nevada, the No. 10 team in Class 1A, got a golden opportunity to score 16 minutes into the game when Madison Stevens made a great move to get off a close shot right in front of Spartan keeper Elise Robertson. But Robertson made a fantastic play on the ball to get the save.
The Cubs also got a penalty kick just under eight minutes into the second half, but Kacie Rewers’ shot hit the top cross bar, bounced straight down and then away from the goal.
Several other shots went wide or were hard shots right at Robertson.
“We should’ve had more,” Vorm said. “We had a lot of chances. We definitely had a lot of shots that should’ve gone in.”
A lot of credit goes to the Spartan defense for holding its ground in the final 79 minutes after Vorm’s score. For Nevada, the game was another tough early test for a team still searching for its identity after losing a lot of talent off last year’s state semifinalist.
“We have a bunch of new people — young people,” Lindsey said. “But we’re growing as a team.”
The victory put the Cubs at 4-1 on the season, with three of those wins coming by one goal. Collins-Maxwell fell to 3-2.
Nevada 1, Collins-Maxwell 0
C-M 0 0 - 0
N 1 0 - 1
N - Addi Vorm, 39:00.