NEVADA - After going up against No. 7 (Class 1A) Nevada Monday in Huxley, the Ballard girls’ soccer team found it still has a lot of room to grow following a 10-0 loss to the Cubs.


Nevada (2-2) exploded for three goals over a three-minute span 10 minutes into the game and the Cubs never looked back, handing the Bombers (2-1) their first loss.


“If you want to be a great program you’re going to have to take on great teams, and sometimes the outcome isn’t what you want,” Ballard head girls’ soccer coach Brent Emerson said. “I think (Nevada’s) experience really showed. We’ve got a pretty young team and they had multiple seniors that are experienced and good players.”


Emerson said the game provided a great learning experience for his team.


“One of the things that good teams have to do is they have to be able to handle adversity, and once we had some adversity, the wheels kind of came off,” Emerson said. “That’s something as a program we’re trying work through. When those situations happen — how do we respond? We’re going to learn from this. I’d much rather play a game like this — even with an outcome like this — to know where we’re at than to run over somebody ourselves.”


Abby Stephenson scored five goals — all in the first half — and handed out one assist for Nevada. Hattie Rhodes also had a big night for the Cubs as she dished out five assists and achieved a hat-trick with three goals.


Maddie Stevens tacked on one goal and one assist apiece for Nevada. Holly Coogler also netted one goal and Skye Borton and Amanda Fortmann each distributed one assist.


HUXLEY - Ballard opened the season with a convincing performance April 10 at Huxley as the Bombers routed Carroll, 9-0.


The Bombers fired off 21 shots on goal and only allowed three in an impressive showing.


Stephanie Knittel exploded for four goals and three assists in a big-time individual outing to lead Ballard. Cassie Smith handed out four assists and scored one goal and Sydney Halverson netted two goals for the Bombers.


Jill VanErsvelde and Erin Rochleau each scored once, and Sierra Knight and Delaney McCormick dished out one assist apiece. Knight also made six saves at keeper.