Fit to be tied – NU, Bruins play to scoreless tie
The Bear River girls soccer team has one major goal this season: to gain the respect of the community by playing quality soccer. By the looks of the Bruins’ scoreless draw against Nevada Union Wednesday afternoon on the Sierra College field, the program is well on its way to gaining that respect and then some.
Bear River was able to control the pulse on the game by utilizing crisp passing between its defenders and midfield in addition to calmly playing within the new system first-year coach Dave Barnes has implemented.
“We are finally coming together,” Barnes said. “This is the what I have been looking for – a game like this out of my team. It was refreshing to have to search for something to say during our halftime conversation.”
Barnes complimented the play and spacing of his two interior midfielders Gienevieve Speas and Nikki Mathis, along with the patience and composure of his sweeper Danielle Barnes.
After the game Barnes told his team, “Some days it’s a darn good day to be a coach – this is one of them.”
Nevada Union coach Mike Voss complimented the play of the Bruins as well saying, “Their defensive four did an outstanding job to limit our opportunities. I don’t think we were able to put enough pressure on them.”
The Miners outshot the Bruins on goal six to four, coming dangerously close to the net more than once, but Bear River’s defense was able to recover and keep the shutout.
Nevada Union’s first-half goalie Christi Giuliani recorded one save as did Jocelyn Rapp, the second-half goalie. In the net for the Bruins, Morgan Stillman recorded three saves.
Outside midfielder Kaydee Russo and sweeper Rachel Wittler, who played the entire 80 minutes of the contest, received praise from Voss.
“This was a typical Nevada Union/Bear River game,” Voss said. “We’re (NU) expected to win most of the time, because we generally have more kids try out for our team. But in a rivalry game everyone steps up.”
Thus the soccer bragging rights for the county go unclaimed this time.
The Miners (7-4-1, 4-4) hit the field today against Granite Bay while the Bruins (3-2-2) play again April 19 at Colfax.
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