Cubs pull off 2-0 win to improve to 9-4

NEVADA – A good start on offense and a strong finish on defense helped the seventh-ranked Nevada boys’ soccer team blank Bondurant-Farrar by a 2-0 score Monday at the SCORE Athletic Complex in Nevada.

Nevada was in total control throughout the first half. The Cubs scored both of their goals and controlled the tempo during the first 40 minutes.

But at the start of the second half, Nevada was out of sync. Bondurant-Farrar kept the ball on the Nevada half of the field the majority of the first 20 minutes, getting off four shots on goal.

"We tried to keep possession of the ball, but we didn’t handle their pressure very well," Nevada sweeper Owen Shawgo said. "But at 20 minutes we calmed down, started passing around them and played like we did in the first half."

Led by Shawgo and keeper Zach Anderson, Nevada’s defense withstood Bondurant-Farrar’s hot stretch and got out of it unscathed. Then the Cubs began controlling the tempo midway through the second half to put an end to any thoughts of a Bluejay comeback.

"That’s four games in a row we haven’t given up a goal during regulation time," Shawgo said. "Now we just need to work on tempo and possession more."

Getting into a consistent flow should help Nevada iron out its kinks before the postseason starts next week. The Bondurant-Farrar game was Nevada’s fifth in a week after playing only eight games all season up to that point, thanks to a spring hampered by constant inclement weather.

"It’s something different going from one or two games a week to five," Shawgo said. "But everyone is excited to be playing."

Tate Handsaker followed a ball off the post for Nevada’s first goal nine minutes, 37 seconds into the game. Seven minutes later, Austin See converted a 10-yard shot from the middle of the field off a nice feed from Brook Thompson to give the Cubs their two-goal cushion.

With the victory, Nevada improved to 9-4 on the season.

Nevada 2, Bondurant-Farrar 0

B-F 0 0 – 0

N 2 0 – 2

Scoring

First half

N – Tate Handsaker, 9:37

N – Austin See (Brook Thompson), 16:48

NORWALK – Nevada engaged in two shootout battles at the Norwalk Invitational Saturday, and the Cubs ended up splitting with Denison-Schleswig and Lewis Central.

Both games were scoreless ties going into the shootouts. Nevada fell to Denison-Schleswig by a 4-3 score and the Cubs defeated Lewis Central by a 5-4 margin.

In the loss to Denison-Schleswig, Daniel Buenrrostro, Tate Handsaker and Johordan Ritter each made a penalty kick in the shootout for the Cubs, but Nevada also misfired on two attempts. Cub keeper Zach Anderson made five saves in a losing effort.

The victory over Lewis Central saw Nevada make all five of its penalty kicks and get the one stop it needed to preserve the victory. Ritter, Buenrrostro, Joey Badger, Tanner Hanson and Austin See all scored for Nevada, and Anderson made eight saves at keeper.

GILBERT – Nevada took down rival Gilbert by a 2-0 score on the Friday at Gilbert.

Nevada dominated the game, despite not blowing out the Tigers on the scoreboard. The Cubs fired off 22 shots, and keeper Zach Anderson only had to make five saves to preserve the shutout.

Tate Handsaker and Johordan Ritter each scored a goal for Nevada and Christian Gross dished out an assist in the victory.

AMES – Nevada had a tough time keeping up with Class 3A power Ames May 7 as the Cubs suffered a 4-0 loss to the Little Cyclones in Ames.

Nevada, ranked seventh in 1A, held the No. 14 team in 3A scoreless for the first 30 minutes of play. But Ames scored twice in the last 10 minutes of the first half and the Cubs never recovered, suffering their third loss of the season.

Reid Marks and Mike Mayberry each scored once for Ames in the first half. Thomas Lence and Landon Thomas added one goal apiece in the second half for the Little Cyclones, who improved to 8-3.

Daniel Buenrrostro, Christian Gross and Johordan Ritter each had one shot on goal for Nevada in the loss. Cub keeper Zach Anderson finished with eight saves.