NU Miners control pace |

NU Miners control pace

John HartForest Lake Christian's Jared Forte catches air as he heads the ball against Nevada Union Wednesday while teammate Kyle Smith looks on. The Miners won the game 3-0.
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Nevada Union’s soccer team played its first half against Forest Lake Christian Wednesday as if the Miners had a firm wind at their backs.

Which they did.

But in the second half, with the diminished wind now favoring the Falcons, the Miners played as if the wind had nothing to do with its first half dominance.

Which maybe it did not.

NU, behind two goals from Bryan Becker and another by Kyle McTighe, posted a 3-0 shutout of Forest Lake Christian at Sierra College. Goalkeeper Cody Bielen earned the shutout for NU, which has now won four of five preseason matches this season. The loss dropped FLC to 0-3.

“Starting off with four wins out of five is great, but these are still preseason matches,” NU coach Mike Voss said. “Winning obviously makes it more fun for the kids. We had a practice on Labor Day, and we had to ask the kids to come off the field.”

With a western wind at its back, NU tested the dimensions of FLC’s goal in the first half, firing 12 shots just high or just wide of busy Falcon goalie Joe Martin early in the meeting.

NU’s best chance early was a point blank bullet off the foot of NU midfielder Jose Zanudo that bounced firmly off the near post at the 17-minute mark.

The 13th effort, however, was the charm. Becker, who had tested Martin early with long range shots, picked up a deflected ball in FLC’s end of the field, dribbled to within 20 yards before blasting a shot past Martin at the 27-minute mark for the first score of the match.

“Thank goodness for Bryan Becker today,” Voss said. “His play fired up some of the seniors.”

NU outshot FLC 16-3 in the first half, a disparity that changed little in the second half. Eight minutes into the second half, Martin snuffed a close range header by Nathan Entrekin. A minute later, Becker finished a feed from Brian Gardner with a header to give the Miners a 2-0 lead.

“I thought we played pretty well today,” Becker said. “We didn’t finish as well as we could have, but when we spread out more, that opened up some chances.”

Zanudo made a long run midway through the second half, eventually giving up the ball to McTighe, who fired in a quick shot for NU’s final goal of the day.

“We couldn’t get three or four passes together today,” FLC soccer coach Thad Kopec said. “We have eight new starters, some kids that are new to the school, so it will take us a little time to put it together.”

NU JVs win

NU’s junior varsity won its season opener Wednesday, blanking Forest Lake Christian, 9-0. Alec Snegg scored three goals in the win for the Miners JV Squad.

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