Comets lose at home on windy and rainy evening

ALLEMAN – The North Polk boys’ soccer team found out it still has to take a few steps forward to make the state tournament after a home loss to Nevada in a battle between two ranked Class 1A teams Monday.

Playing in windy and rainy conditions, No. 11 North Polk gave up one goal each half and never mounted much of an offensive threat against the sixth-ranked Cubs, falling to 3-2 on the season. Though his team played last year’s 1A state runner-up tough for 80 minutes, North Polk head coach mark Bennett said the loss shows his team will need to step it up a notch if it hopes to break through to state this year.

"We tried to make the most of the conditions, but both teams played in the same conditions and they got it today," North Polk head coach Mark Bennett said. "We closed the gap a little bit, but we still have a ways to go. To get to state, we’ll have to go through a team like that."

Bennett said his team can take solace in the fact that the second half of the season will allow everyone to gain confidence and build momentum after taking on Nevada, Southeast Polk, Pella Christian and Adel-Desoto-Minburn the first half of the year.

"This is the hardest stretch of our schedule," Bennett said. "If we stay competitive, it should set us up well for the games to come."

Nevada’s first goal came at the 18-minute, 59-mark. Midfielder Tanner Hanson drilled a 25-yard shot off a ball from Austin See to give Nevada a 1-0 lead, and the Cubs held that advantage at the half.

The Cubs picked up an insurance goal a little over 21 minutes into the second half. Tate Handsaker found the net on a feed from Patrick Stephenson, and with the lock-down performance by the Cub defense, that score took North Polk out of the game.

The victory put Nevada at 4-1 on the season.

Nevada 2, NP 0

N 1 1 - 2

NP 0 0 - 0

Scoring

First half

N - Tanner Hanson (Austin See), 18:59

Second half

N - Tate Handsaker (Patrick Stephenson), 61:33.