PELLA — The Nevada girls’ soccer team gave Class 2A power Pella a good fight April 23, but the Cubs couldn’t overcome a slow start in a 2-1 loss to the Little Dutch at Pella.
Nevada, ranked sixth in 1A, got off 11 shots. But Pella, the No. 3 team in 2A, fired off 22.
The Cub defense and keeper Erica Sporrer hung tough against Pella’s constant pressure. Sporrer made 14 saves and Addi Vorm stepped in at keeper to make a big stop on a penalty kick by Pella’s Grace Held.
On offense, Hannah Thomsen netted Nevada’s only goal off a penalty kick set up when Mayzi Weig was fouled and injured on a play.
“It took awhile to adjust to their speed and direct play,” Nevada head girls’ soccer coach Randy Davis said. “We played hard and got better as the game went on.”
Weig had a shot hit off the top crossbar that would have tied the game and Vorm also had a shot go just wide. Weig accounted for three shots and Vorm, Madison Stevens and Contessa Borwick two apiece.
The loss put Nevada at 6-2 on the season. Pella improved to 7-1.
Held and Macy Schulz each scored a goal for the Little Dutch.
GRAND JUNCTION — Nevada had too many weapons for Greene County, roaring to a 10-0 victory over the Rams April 23 at Grand Junction.
The Cubs, ranked No. 6 in Clas 1A, had eight different players score in the rout. Keeper Erica Sporrer only had to make one save.
Kayla Dunson and Mayzi Weig both netted two goals for Nevada. Amanda Fortmann stepped up with one goal and three assists and Madison Stevens, Addi Vorm, Meredith Harter, Alexandria Arnaud and Contessa Borwick each chipped in one goal.
The victory put Nevada at 6-1.