NEVADA – The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter girls’ soccer team had a rough night going up against an undefeated and third-ranked (Class 1A) Nevada team Monday at the SCORE Athletic Complex in Nevada.
Nevada scored seven goals in the first 16 minutes and coasted to 10-0 victory in a game that was called a little over two minutes into the second half, due to the 10-goal mercy rule.
“They’re good,” CMB head coach Gary Cummings said. “We just wanted to go out with a fight. We played a lot of girls and saw what we can do for the future.”
CMB’s best opportunity for a goal came with 12 minutes left in the first half. The Raiders got the ball on Nevada’s end of the field and got off a shot that Nevada keeper Clara Sporrer corralled.
Sporrer tried to clear the ball, but the Raiders’ Anna Jones stepped in front and knocked the ball back toward the goal. Jones then nearly got to the ball before Sporrer – but the Cub keeper came away with the ball in the nick of time.
Virginia Sposeto also had a shot on goal for CMB. Raider keeper Lexi Breon did an excellent job dealing with a constant barrage of shots from Nevada, snaring many line drives and also recording some nice deflections.
Jessica Helton scored an impressive five goals and she also handed out two assists for Nevada. Erin Sellberg scored two goals and Abby Stephenson, Kati Cassabaum and Holly Coogler added one apiece for the Cubs.
The loss put CMB at 2-4 on the season. Nevada improved to 11-0.
MAXWELL – Collins-Maxwell-Baxter used a clutch goal in the final minute of regulation to knock off Prairie City-Monroe, 3-2, May 1 in Maxwell.
Tabitha Halferty scored the winning goal for CMB with just 55 seconds left in regulation. It was Halferty’s second goal of the game as she also netted the only score of the first half.
Katie Ziesman accounted for CMB’s other goal a little over nine minutes into the second half.
The win gave CMB revenge for a 3-1 season-opening loss to the Mustangs.
“It was nice to see some of the things that the girls have been working on in practice carry over into the game,” CMB head coach Gary Cummings said. “This was a team win with good play from all.”
Lexi Breon stepped up to make 11 stops at keeper for CMB on defense.
“Lexi once again did a great job at the goal,” Cumming said. “Emily Coughenour and Cassandra Bianchi anchored the defense for us.”
Bella George and Kennah Walters each scored once to account for PCM’s two goals.
The victory put CMB at 2-3 on the season.