NEVADA - The inability to slow down Nevada early proved costly for the Collins-Maxwell-Baxter boys’ soccer team in a 4-0 loss to the Cubs April 27 at Cub Stadium in Nevada.
Nevada scored two goals in the first 10 minutes to take charge. CMB fought back hard over the next 30 minutes, but the Cubs put up another goal just before halftime and added a fourth score early in the second half to put the game away.
“That’s kind of been our problem,” CMB head boys’ soccer coach Crystal Bruntz said. “We have those let-downs and we just don’t have the time to come back. That’s just kind of the way we play. We’ve got to teach these guys to play five minutes at a time.”
Devin See scored a little over two minutes in the game for Nevada. Brendan Sellberg added a goal seven minutes later off a ball from Emilio Saldana.
CMB played tough the rest of the half. Ryan Sabastiano got off a good look that forced Cub keeper A.J. Strottman to make a diving stop during the 23rd minute, and Tucker Maxwell also got off a shot on goal during the 24th minute.
But after a long stretch of quality defense, CMB broke down just before halftime as the Cubs’ Rodrigo Perez found the back of the net with just 15 seconds left in the half.
Sellberg netted Nevada’s final goal early in the second half to put the game away. Bruntz did like how her team kept fighting throughout the game to keep it from getting away.
“Those runs at the end they were talking — that’s what helps when they start to talk and look for each other and see the ball,” Bruntz said. “That’s what they need to continue to do.”
Sabastiano and Josh Bruntz each had two shots on goal for CMB in the loss. Raider keeper Brendyn Padget made 15 saves.
The loss put CMB at 3-7. Nevada improved to 6-5.
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The Raiders only had two shots on goal all game. Devin Carson and Carter Merryman each had one shot on goal apiece.
Brendyn Padget and Tucker Maxwell split time at keeper for the Raiders.