Nevada splits with W-SR, Dowling Catholic

ALLEMAN – It took a little while for the Nevada girls’ soccer team to get adjusted to a sloppy field and windy and rainy conditions when the Cubs took on North Polk Monday in Alleman.

But once the Cubs got going, there was no stopping them as they rolled to an 8-0 victory.

"It was wet and cold, but once the girls figured out how to play in the conditions they played extremely well," Nevada head coach Randy Davis said. "Eight different girls scored and the defense controlled everything in the back – not allowing our goalies to touch the ball for the entire game. Michaela Matuska had her best game of the year (at midfield) as she found space in the middle and distributed the ball to our girls attacking the goal."

Matuska tallied one goal and two assists. Abby Bremer, Elli Cassabaum, Kati Cassabaum, Christie Luppen, Sydney See and Erin Sellberg all scored once for Nevada. See, Mara Rhodes and the Cassabaum sisters each handed out one assist apiece.

As a team, Nevada had 27 shots on goal. Freshman Clara Sporrer played 55 minutes at keeper and Victoria Johnston played the other 25 defending the net.

The victory put Nevada – the fifth-ranked team in Class 1A – at 3-3 on the season.

North Polk fell to 1-1 with the loss. It was the Comets’ first game since opening the season with a victory at Pella Christian on April 4.

Steph Torsky had 12 saves and Jess Swenson made seven for North Polk.

WAVERLY – Nevada split two games with quality opponents at the Waverly Soccer Complex Saturday.

Nevada, ranked fifth in Class 1A, took down a Waverly-Shell Rock team rated 13th in 2A by a 2-0 score. The Cubs also suffered a 3-0 loss at the hands of a Dowling Catholic program rated second in 3A.

In the victory over Waverly-Shell Rock, the Cubs had 22 shots and 11 shots on goal. They only gave up eight shots, including six shots on goal.

"It was a good match with high intensity," Nevada head coach Randy Davis said. "This game really showed us coming together as a team."

Freshman Kati Cassabaum scored both Cub goals. Her sister Elli assisted on one of the goals and Mara Rhodes also had an assist.

Clara Sporrer played keeper and totaled seven saves to help preserve the shutout. Nicole Staines had 16 saves for Waverly-Shell Rock.

Dowling Catholic proved to be too much for Nevada. But Davis said it was a great learning experience for his players.

"We played well, but they possessed the ball and really made us scramble on defense," Davis said. "This type of game is good for us. It makes us better in the long run, and even though we lost, we gained confidence that we can handle the pressure."

Kati Cassabaum and Rhodes each fired off two shots and Elli, Amber Ramthun and Raegan Saunders each delivered one shot for Nevada against Dowling. Sporrer had eight saves in 45 minutes and Victoria Johnston made four saves in 15 minutes against the Maroons.