NEVADA - Nevada defended its home turf with two dominating performances at the Nevada Invitational girls’ soccer tournament Saturday at Cub Stadium in Nevada.
Nevada, ranked No. 8 in Class 1A, scored a pair of shutouts, defeating Panorama in the championship game by a 3-0 score and whipping Grinnell in the semifinals, 5-0.
“Two big wins,” Nevada freshman Contessa Borwick said. “It’s a lot of fun with all of us working together and bonding as a team.”
It took Nevada a half to get revved up in the championship game. After a scoreless half, Mayzi Weig netted the first of her two goals on a header off an Amanda Fortmann ball that was deflected to her in the opening minutes of the second half.
“I think Amanda had a real good ball,” Weig said. “I was in the perfect position to head it in.”
Weig scored again 17 minutes later, this time after Alex Arnaud got her in position to power one into the net. Weig said patience was the key to Nevada’s second half spurt.
“In the second half coach (Randy Davis) told us to slow it down,” Weig said. “I had really good balls that could put me in a position to take a shot.”
Borwick scored Nevada’s final goal with a great shot during the 55:26 mark.
In the win over Grinnell, Madison Stevens netted a pair of goals to lead Nevada to victory. Arnaud, Mikayla Long and Erin Coogler each added one goal for the Cubs.
The two wins put Nevada at 10-3. The Cubs have won four in a row since falling 5-0 on the road to an Adel-Desoto-Minburn team rated No. 3 in 2A on April 29.
The Cubs aim to keep the momentum going into 1A regionals on May 28, when the Cubs will host a familiar foe in Grinnell.
“Every practice we do our best and work our hardest,” Borwick said. “You can always improve.”
Panorama defeated Ballard in a shootout during the other semifinal game. Ballard went on to beat Grinnell in the third-place game, 2-1.