Ballard falls to 0-5

HUXLEY – The Ballard boys’ soccer team put up a good fight before falling short by a 3-1 score against Des Moines North April 15 at Rich Strouse Field in Huxley.

The Bombers gave up 15 shots on goal and only had two, but they kept within striking distance most of the way.

Carlos Montanes had both shots on goal for Ballard and he scored an unassisted goal for the lone Bomber score. Ballard keeper Alex Silberstein made 12 saves in a losing effort as the Bombers dropped to 0-5 on the season.

Martin Rodriguez scored two goals and Misael Torres added one for North. Sergio Pineda dished out two assists and Vincent Hamenyimana handed out one for the Polar Bears.

HUXLEY – Ballard gave a gutsy defensive effort against West Central Valley April 9 at Rich Strouse Field, but the Bombers didn’t have enough firepower on offense in a 2-1 loss.

Bomber keeper Alex Silberstein made 13 saves and his back four defensive teammates, along with the Ballard midfield, provided good defensive support for most of the game. But Ballard only tallied two shots on goal compared to 15 for West Central Valley, and the big gap in scoring opportunities proved to be the difference.

Luther Grulke scored Ballard’s goal and he also had both of his team’s shots on goal.

Brian Keller scored twice and Logan Marks had an assist for West Central Valley.

WINTERSET – Things didn’t go Ballard’s way versus Winterset April 8 as the Bombers suffered a lopsided 9-1 road loss at the hands of the Huskies.

Carlos Montanes scored Ballard’s only goal off a penalty kick. Keeper Alex Silberstein made 17 saves in the face of constant pressure from Winterset.

Jesten Jobe and Lucas Nolan both scored four goals and Logan Madren added one for Winterset. Nolan and Noah Kaldenberg each handed out three assists, Jobe dished out two and Nate Balch added one for the Huskies.

HUXLEY – Ballard was shut out at home by Webster City April 4 when the Bombers suffered a 6-0 setback at the hands of the Huskies at Rich Strouse Field.

Alex Silberstein had 18 saves for Ballard in a losing cause. Seth Crouthamel scored twice and Samuel Boman, Jose Cruz, Kirk Greenley and Christian Lemus each found the net once for the Huskies.