GERING, Neb. -- The Gering girls soccer team erupted for six goals in the second half en route to an 8-1 win over Torrington on Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium.
The Bulldogs have enjoyed the month of March, starting out the season 4-1 and outscoring their opponents 24-4 in a stretch of five matches. Gering’s only loss came at the hands of Class A North Platte on March 19 when North Platte picked up a 3-1 win. Since that time, though, the Bulldogs have scored an astonishing 18 goals in wins over Newcastle and Torrington.
“We did an excellent job, especially in the second half,” Gering coach Lisa Freeburg said. “They came out and really were aggressive to the ball, capitalized on our attack and found the net.”
The Bulldogs got first-half goals from seniors Shayla Garetto in the 13th minute and Jennifer Barge in the 29th minute to take a 2-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Gering was just getting warmed up, though.
The Bulldogs quickly put the match out of hand early in the second half, picking up three goals in the first 10 minutes to take a commanding 5-0 lead.
Gering extended its lead to 6-0 beforeTorrington’s Noemi Amaro put the Trailblazers into the scoring column at the 61-minute mark after firing a penalty kick into the top-left corner of the net to cut the deficit to 6-1 with 19 minutes left to play.
The Bulldogs added the final two goals in the final six minutes, cruising to the 7-point win.
Freeburg was pleased with her team’s offensive output in the contest, noting that depth has played an important part in Gering’s recent success on the field.
“We had several players that scored tonight,” she said. “And that just shows you the depth of our team.”
Although every player contributed in the win, four seniors accounted for six of Gering’s eight goals.
Garetto and Josie Thompson each finished with two goals, while Barge and Alexa Anderson pitched in a goal apiece. In addition, freshman Morgan Smith needed just one goal for a hat trick, finishing with two goals and an assist. The Bulldogs attempted four corner kicks in the match.
Freeburg added that even though this team heavily relies on its senior leaders, there are a lot of talented underclassmen that are really stepping up and contributing to the success of the program.
“It’s definitely a team led by seniors,” she said. “And then our freshmen, sophomores and junior players also step in and really contribute. That makes a family.”
Senior goalkeeper Maggie Martin held her ground in the net for the Bulldogs, stopping 2-of-3 Trailblazer shots on goal, only giving up the penalty kick to Amaro midway through the second half. Additionally, the Gering defense held Torrington to just seven total shots and no corner kicks.
Torrington’s Maddie Werner and Rylee Clark, both freshmen goalkeepers for the Trailblazers, defended 33 of Gering’s 41 shots in the contest.
The Bulldogs, who will not play a home match again until April 23 against Scottsbluff, will return to action on Monday when they travel to North Platte to take on Grand Island Northwest and Lexington in a double triangular.