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Nil and void

John HartNevada Union's Jenna Mosbarger slides in to steal the ball from Bear River's Jenna Katis. The Miners went on to win the cross-county rivalry 2-0 Wednesday at Sierra College.
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Nevada Union junior Nicole Flores was on the other side of the field last year when Bear River defeated the Lady Miners in soccer.

Flores transferred to NU for this season, however, and has continued her winning ways. Flores, who had two goals against her former teammates in an earlier matchup between the two rivals, came through again Wednesday with a goal to help lift NU to a 2-0 non-league win over Bear River at Sierra College.

Perhaps Flores should put herself up for free agency next year.

“She’ll probably go to Forest Lake Christian,” said NU soccer coach Mike Voss with a grin. “No, we enjoy having her here. Last year, (Bear River) played above their heads. I told the players today not to let today’s game make their season. Last year’s win made their whole season. We only lost to three other teams last year.”

With Wednesday’s win, the Lady Miners improve to 4-5-1 overall, while Bear River falls to 2-4-1 overall.

NU held a two-to-one shot ratio in the scoreless first half. Voss, however, felt that Bear River outplayed his Lady Miners in won balls in the first half, which made it difficult for NU to finish any attacks they were able to post before intermission.

In the second half, Bear River came out and had the first three shots on goal, with Bruin midfielder Meaghan Noud blasting one shot toward the post and another on a direct kick, both of which were stopped by Lady Miner goalkeeper Jamie Pau.

NU broke into the scoring column less than 50 minutes into the match on a header redirected for goal by freshman Sara Langley.

“Meredith Ely crossed it to me, and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Langley said. “I was thinking about hitting it center forehead, and it hit me in the side (of the head) and went in.”

Less than 10 minutes later, NU got its insurance goal from Flores off a feed from Courtney Paquin. Flores took the feed, cut past a defender past Bear River goalkeeper Nicole Scott.

“It was kind of weird playing against all my old teammates,” Flores said. “But it was really cool to score on them.”

As was the case in the first half, Bear River finished with a flurry, but was unable to capitalize on opportunities.

Voss gave mention to Chrystal Conklin, who took set kicks Wednesday, as well as Celeste Martini and Jenna Mosbarger.

“Meaghan Noud is a great player, and can play on any team,” Voss said.

“They had some good shots, and Jamie came out and made the saves or came out on the crosses. That made a difference, because I believe the team that scored first today would win.”

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