NEVADA - The first 15 minutes proved to be a difference maker in Nevada’s 3-2 loss to North Polk in boys’ soccer Saturday at Cub Stadium in Nevada.
Nevada came out flat in the early-morning contest and North Polk made the Cubs pay 14 minutes, 35 seconds into the game, when Jonas Sussenguth found the net off a Broc Hawkins assist. Nevada quickly answered with a Taylor Maiefski goal off a Dennis Garcia corner, but the Cubs were always a step behind North Polk, falling to 8-6 on the season.
“We said from the beginning — we’ve got to have high energy and play well right from the beginning,” Nevada co-head coach Todd Sampson said. “It took us about 10-15 minutes. They came out with high energy and we didn’t respond very well. A soccer game is 80 minutes long and we have to play all 80 minutes. When we have mental lapses, bad things happen.”
North Polk took a 2-1 lead when Nevada keeper Gage Maiefski wasn’t quite able to get control of a ball by Hawkins and Luis Sarceda was there to knock it into the net at the 24:38 mark. North Polk went up 3-1 early in the second half when Keegan Dorr scored off an assist from Luke Hammond.
Devin See quickly responded to Dorr’s goal with an unassisted score just over two minutes later. The Cubs did a great job of pressuring the North Polk defense the rest of the half, but they couldn’t find a way to break through.
Sampson said he is still happy with where his team is at following the loss. The Cubs just earned a big conference win over Gilbert by a 2-1 score the night before.
“This week we’re going to play five games in about seven days due to rescheduling,” Sampson said. “We’re putting some pieces together. We’ve been playing well — it’s all coming together.”
North Polk improved its season record to 7-1.
North Polk 3, Nevada 2
NP 2 1 - 3
N 1 1 - 2
NP - Jonas Sussenguth (Broc Hawkins), 14:35.
N - Taylor Maiefski (Dennis Garcia), 16:59.
NP - Luis Sarceda (Hawkins), 24:38.
NP - Keegan Dorr (Luke Hammond), 43:13.
N - Devin See, 45:21.
NEVADA - Nevada earned its second victory over Heart of Iowa Conference rival Gilbert in a week with a 2-1 triumph in a shootout Friday at Cub Stadium.
Nevada had defeated the Tigers by a 3-1 score in the third-place game of the Nevada tournament on May 5. In the rematch, the Cubs converted all five penalty kicks in the shootout after the game was tied at 1-1 through regulation and two overtime periods.
Carter Bremer, Jose Buenrrostro, Dennis Garcia, Devin See and Brendan Sellberg all scored in the shootout for Nevada. Buenrrostro scored Nevada’s goal in regulation off an assist from Rodrigo Perez.
Nevada finished the game with 24 shots on goal. Keeper Gage Maiefski made five saves.
IOWA FALLS - Nevada couldn’t capitalize on 18 shots in a 2-1 loss to Iowa Falls-Alden May 10 at Iowa Falls.
The Cubs were without some of their top players due to the state qualifying track meet. They still put up a good fight, but couldn’t get enough execution on offense to get past the Cadets.
Kody Kruschwitz scored Nevada’s goal off an assist by Jose Buenrrostro. Gage Maiefski made six saves at keeper for the Cubs.
GRAND JUNCTION - A potent offensive attack gave Nevada a 7-3 victory over Greene County May 8 at Grand Junction.
Nevada tallied 21 shots and four different players scored in the win. Jose Buenrrostro put up a hat-trick with three goals and Anthony Ellis, Taylor Maiefski, Emilio Saldana and Brendan Sellberg each scored once for the Cubs.
Saldana also handed out two assists. Kody Kruschwitz chipped in two assists and Andrew Saunders had one. Gage Maiefski made nine saves and Noah Nusbaum two, splitting time at keeper for Nevada.
Leo Marques scored two goals and Junior Gutierrez netted one for Greene County.