NEVADA - The Collins-Maxwell girls’ soccer team showed it has come a long way in a year by pushing Nevada to the limit before suffering a 1-0 loss to the Cubs Friday at Cub Stadium.
Nevada entered the game ranked No. 10 in Class 1A and with six consecutive trips to state under its belt. Collins-Maxwell had been routinely 10-goaled by the Cubs in past seasons when it was Collins-Maxwell-Baxter.
After the opening minute, it appeared Nevada was going to continue its string of dominant wins in the rivalry. Nevada scored just one minute into the game off a goal by Addi Vorm.
But after that, Collins-Maxwell stepped up huge on defense. The Spartans hung right with the Cubs for 79 minutes, but just couldn’t find any rhythm on offense.
“I was looking forward to this game,” Collins-Maxwell head girls’ soccer coach Gary Cummings said. “Nevada’s always kind of handled us real well. I just wanted to see what our girls could do against Nevada, which is a quality program, and I thought they played well and we had a good showing.”
Elise Robertson was sensational at keeper for the Spartans.
Robertson made a great stop early in the game after Cub forward Madison Stevens used tremendous dribbling skills to get an open look near the goal. Later in the game, Robertson managed to clear a penalty kick by Nevada’s Kacie Rewerts after the ball hit the top crossbar and bounced straight down.
The Spartan defense gave Robertson plenty of support. Sweeper Mollie Van Maanen, stoppers Sophie Meyer and Madi Millizer and fullbacks Maggie Pritchard and Cori Jorgenson were tremendous at keeping in front of Nevada’s forwards and midfielders.
“Defense played well,” Collins-Maxwell head coach Gary Cummings said. “They’re working on some different concepts and it’s starting to pay off.”
The loss put the Spartans at 3-2. Nevada improved to 4-1.
Nevada 1, Collins-Maxwell 0
C-M 0 0 - 0
N 1 0 - 1
N - Addi Vorm, 39:00.
MAXWELL - Collins-Maxwell earned its third victory of the season and its first shutout with a 3-0 triumph over Prairie City-Monroe April 19 at Maxwell.
Spartan keeper Elise Robertson made six stops and received outstanding defensive support from Mollie Van Maanen, Sophie Meyer, Madi Millizer, Maggie Pritchard and Cori Jorgenson to preserve the shutout. The Collins-Maxwell offense was active most of the night, firing off 17 shots on goal.
Tatum Tremain had one goal and assist for Collins-Maxwell in the win. Cassy Berg and Brooke Christie each added one goal for the Spartans.