Nevada whips B-F in substate final, 4-0

AMES – With a trip to state in the balance, the Nevada boys’ soccer team picked a great time to turn in its most impressive outing of the season.

The Cubs used great ball movement and excellent touches to trounce Bondurant-Farrar, 4-0, in the Class 1A substate finals Tuesday at Ames High School. The victory puts Nevada in the boys’ state soccer tournament for the third year in a row.

"This is probably the best 80 minutes of soccer we’ve played all year," Nevada head coach Bill George said. "We moved the ball well and had plenty of opportunities on goal. I couldn’t be more pleased with the guys’ performance tonight."

No one was more impressive than forward Christian Gross.

Gross – an exchange student from Germany – assisted on two Cub goals and then nailed a spectacular 20-yard shot for the team’s final goal in the closing minutes of regulation.

"It was my best game I think," Gross said. "I will never forget this day."

Gross found Brook Thompson with a brilliant cross pass from the far left corner to the middle of the field for Nevada’s first goal, a little over 26 minutes into the game.

Gross ran down the ball near the far corner, turned with some nifty footwork and drilled a pass to the middle of the field. Bondurant-Farrar was caught out of position trying to shift on defense and Thompson snuck in to send a 15-yard shot into the net.

"I didn’t do any of the work," Thompson said. "Christian did all the fancy footwork and played it right to my foot. I just directed it. There was nothing to it."

Nevada struck again 10 minutes later.

This time it was Jake Barker with a great feed as he perfectly placed a forwarding pass to Tate Handsaker. Handsaker ran by the Bondurant-Farrar defense and easily punched the ball into the net for a 2-0 Cub lead.

At the half Nevada knew it had to maintain focus for 40 more minutes, since the Cubs came out sluggish in the second half of a 2-0 regular season win over Bondurant-Farrar.

Daniel Buenrrostro set the tone for Nevada in the second half. In the opening minute of the half, Buenrrostro broke down the Bluejay defense and fired a rocket shot that Bondurant-Farrar keeper Trever Jensen just managed to deflect away.

The Cubs dominated the next 15 minutes as they got off four more quality shots on goal during that stretch.

Bondurant-Farrar’s best scoring chance came during the 69th minute when Colton Halder got off a header near the goal. But Cub keeper Zach Anderson made the save, despite getting knocked down in a collision with Halder.

Buenrrostro and Gross put the finishing touches on the convincing victory in the final five minutes.

At the 75:21 mark of the game, Gross made a great move and got off a shot that was deflected near the goal. But Buenrrostro was there to follow up and give the Cubs a secure 3-0 lead.

Gross wasn’t satisfied. Just over a minute later, he stepped up and lofted a 20-yard shot that made it over the head of the Jensen at the net for a stunning goal to put the icing on the cake.

"It was pretty amazing," Gross said. "I didn’t think it would go in."

Nevada will take a 12-4 record into the state tournament. The Cubs are looking to get back in the finals, after placing second in 1A a year ago.

Nevada is the No. 4 seed in 1A and will take on fifth seed MOC-Floyd Valley (10-5) in the first round. Due to weather delaying the substate final from last Saturday to tonight, the Cubs won’t have much time to prepare for the Dutchmen as state begins on Thursday.

"There are pros and cons," Thompson said. "With a quick turnaround your legs could get a little tired if you play Thursday, Friday and Saturday. But I’ll take the momentum."

Nevada’s game with MOC-Floyd Valley will begin at 12:10 p.m. Thursday on Field 9 at the Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines.

Bondurant-Farrar finished the season with a 9-7-1 record.

Nevada 4, Bondurant-Farrar 0

N 2 2 – 4

B-F 0 0 – 0

Scoring

First half

N – Brook Thompson (Christian Gross), 26:15

N – Tate Handsaker (Jake Barker), 36:49

Second half

N – Daniel Buenrrostro (Gross), 75:21

N – Gross, 76:44