Nevada falls toDCG on the road

GRIMES – The Nevada boys’ track team suffered its second loss of the season Saturday as the No. 6 team in Class 1A was handed a 2-0 setback by traditional 2A power Dallas Center-Grimes on the road.

Nevada fired off seven shots, but couldn’t break through against DCG keepers Colin Quass and Dylan Michael. Daniel Buenrrostro had three shots and Joey Badger and Tanner Hanson finished with two apiece for the Cubs.

Nevada keeper Zach Anderson made four stops on the day. DCG finished with 10 shots as a team.

Nathan Fricke and Kullen Neyens each scored once for the Mustangs to account for the only goals of the game.

With the loss Nevada fell to 5-2. DCG improved its season record to 6-3.

NEVADA – Tate Handsaker and the Nevada Cubs made the most of a rare day of good weather when the Cubs took on non-conference rival Ballard April 25 at the SCORE Athletic Complex.

Playing the second field due to the recent wave of inclement weather leaving the main field too damp to compete on, Nevada scored a 6-0 victory over the Bombers.

"They’re off to a rough start and it was little lopsided, but you’ve just got to come out and get the job done," Handsaker said. "A win is a win, but it’s always good to beat Ballard."

The Cubs, ranked sixth in Class 1A, had a big edge in size, speed and depth over a young and struggling Bomber program that dropped to 1-6 with the loss. Handsaker proved to be way too much for Ballard to handle as he tormented the Bomber defense and keeper Alex Silberstein all game, netting an impressive four goals.

"It’s always good to score," Handsaker said. "But I’ve got to give it up to my teammates. I’ve got a great player (Daniel Buenrrostro) up top with me and I’ve just got great players all around that help make it happen."

Handsaker’s first goal came eight minutes, 55 seconds into the game when he beat the Bomber defense and easily converted a one-on-one goal against Silberstein. He put Nevada up 3-0 at the 27:21 mark when he broke down Silberstein again after a nice long ball from Owen Shawgo.

Handsaker added one more goal before the end of the first half to push Nevada’s lead to 4-0 at the break. Austin See netted the other Cub goal by converting a nice header off a Tanner Hanson corner kick at the 11:58 mark.

It took less than four minutes for Nevada to get on the board in the second half as Joey Badger headed in a Brook Thompson pass. Handsaker capped the scoring just over 11 minutes into the second half.

The victory put Nevada at 5-1 on the season. Handsaker said it was nice to get in a game with nice weather and hopes the trend will continue over the second half of the season.

"Some weeks we’ve practiced four days in the gym," Handsaker said. "That just gets old. We need to start getting where we can consistently be outside and play on our normal field."

Nevada finished with 22 shots on goal as a team. Thompson handed out two assists and Shawgo, Hanson and Johordan Ritter each dished out one.

Cub keeper Zach Anderson made three saves and backup Dannon Anderson tallied one stop to help preserve the shutout.

Nevada 6, Ballard 0

B 0 0 – 0

N 4 2 – 6

Scoring

First half

N – Tate Handsaker, 8:55

N – Austin See (Tanner Hanson), 11:58

N – Handsaker (Owen Shawgo), 27:21

N – Handsaker (Johordan Ritter), 37:03

Second half

N – Joey Badger (Brook Thompson), 43:45

N – Handsaker (Thompson), 51:07.