HUXLEY - Ballard hung tough for most of the first half against Nevada in a boys’ soccer rivalry game April 18, but the Bombers started to wear down late in the first half, suffering a 6-1 setback at Rich Strouse Field in Huxley.
The Bombers gave a gutsy effort early on, getting off eight shots on goal in the first half. But two goals by Jose Buenrrostro in a 34-second span late in the half gave Nevada the breathing room it needed.
Buenrrostro’s goals gave Nevada a 3-0 cushion. Ben Stocksleger answered with Ballard’s only goal on a long shot from the middle of the field with under four minutes left in the first half.
But Ballard had a much tougher time keeping possession over the final 40 minutes. That enabled Nevada to pull away.
“We’re on and off,” Ballard head boys’ soccer coach Marcelo Irvin said. “They’re a very young team, so our cylinders are not always running quite right. We go on a day-by-day basis. Sometimes we play really well and sometimes we don’t.”
Anthony Ellis scored his second goal of the game in the second half for Nevada. Chase Lycke and Brayden Bottorf each added one score for the Cubs over the final 40 minutes.
“We don’t have seniors, a quarter of our team are freshmen, our size is not big and our stamina is not quite there,” Irvin said. “If you don’t have the numbers, it doesn’t matter what we do. What we’re going to be able to do for the most part is compete for the first half and try to handle them out of our goal for the second half.”
The loss put Ballard at 1-5 on the season. Nevada improved to 4-2.
Nevada 6, Ballard 1
N 3 3 - 6
B 1 0 - 1
N - Anthony Ellis, 15:58.
N - Jose Buenrrostro (PK), 33:14.
N - Buenrrostro, 33:48.
B - Ben Stocksleger, 36:41.
N - Brayden Bottorf, 57:16.
N - Chase Lycke, 62:909.
N - Ellis, 64:18.
DES MOINES - Ballard played Des Moines North tough defensively on the road April 15, but it wasn’t enough to get the Bombers into the win column as they fell at Des Moines, 2-0.
Freshman Henry Easter accounted for Ballard’s only two shots of the game. Bomber keeper Maverick Davies made 12 saves in a losing effort.
Mohamed Salat and Eyifehn Forfor each scored one goal for North.