Nevada Union soccer beats Bear River, 4-0 |

Nevada Union soccer beats Bear River, 4-0

Senior co-captains Leigh Collins and Kacey Rogers combined to score three goals Saturday when the Nevada Union girls soccer team took a 4-0 nonleague win at Bear River.

Rogers scored two goals while Collins scored one and assisted on another to lead the offense for Nevada Union (4-1) in a “friendly” matchup between local rivals. In this case – given recent winter weather conditions – the score wasn’t as important as simply getting on the field to play.

“It was cold – it was 34 (degrees) when we left – but we were real happy Bear River let us play,” Nevada Union coach Mike Voss said. “We haven’t seen our field at Sierra in three weeks. You can’t even walk in the gate because it’s so wet.”

At the same time, Bear River coach David Barnes was happy to get a chance to test a young squad under playing conditions.

“This was the first time we’d really had all our girls together,” Barnes said. “Our entire defensive line graduated last year so our focus yesterday was to develop and build our offense.”

The Bruins earned a second-place finish in their division Feb. 24-25 at the California Spring Classic in Cherry Island, losing 1-0 to Placer, but “everything else has been under water,” according to Barnes.

“I was extremely happy we could get this game in,” he added. “Mike has a solid soccer program, so anytime I get a chance to play them, I jump at it.”

Erica Goode scored the first goal, assisted by Marinda Graham, and Rogers scored off an assist from Collins to give the Miners a 2-0 lead that stood at halftime. Rogers scored again after the intermission, this time assisted by Jill Hagey, and then Collins made it 4-0 on an unassisted goal. Collins, a converted defender, now has three goals and two assists on the season.

Mallory Meier turned in a stellar performance at halfback, as did sophomore Molly Augustus on the defensive end, according to Voss. Junior goalkeeper Ariane Turner came up with a sterling save in the waning moments to preserve the shutout.

Nevada Union returns to action with a Metro League contest Tuesday night at Yuba City. The junior varsity contest is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity game to follow.

Bear River takes on Pioneer Valley League foe Oakmont at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Nevada Union also won Saturday’s J.V. game at Bear River, 5-0.

Nevada Union sophomore Zander Zeisler pitched five solid innings Friday afternoon to earn his first career varsity victory as the Miners got past Laguna Creek in nonleague baseball action.

Tom Brindley hit 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs, Daniel Granning was 2-for-3 and Brandon Maraglia drove in three runs.

Nic Gauldin pitched the seventh inning to close out the win for Nevada Union.

The Miners begin Metro League play today – weather and field conditions allowing – with a 3:45 p.m. contest against McClatchy.

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