Soccer: Spencer sweeps Western

Friday, May 4, 2012
Spencer's Levi Gilmore kicks the ball past Western's Justin Faber despite being on the ground Thursday, May 3 at the Spencer Soccer complex. The Tigers displayed their passing ability all night as they dominated the Wolfback, 6-1. (Photo by Michael Fischer)

After two losses in a row, the Spencer boys soccer team bounced back with a 6-1 win over visiting Western Christian Thursday night at the Spencer soccer complex.

The Tigers got on the board in the 11th minute with Cole Loehr finding the back of the net on an assist from Nigel Nielsen, and Nielsen scored himself three minutes later to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead early in the match.

Western would get one goal back halfway through the first half but Loehr would add his second goal before the halftime break, where Spencer led 3-1.

"We played well tonight," Spencer coach Ben MacRae said. "We possessed the ball well and got great attacking midfield play. I was extremely pleased with how Zach Vanderah played. His first touches were very good and he passed the ball well. ... I was disappointed we conceded a goal but the back end played very well after they scored."

Carter Gerdeman got on the board early in the second half, and Andy Eisenbacher and Tanner Viedenkamp each scored goals in the second half to make it a 6-1 final.

The Tigers, now ranked 8th in 2A, are 8-2-1 and will travel to the Waverly tournament on Saturday where they will face No. 2-ranked Hudson (12-0) in their first match.


In a physical match-up in Hull, the Spencer girls team remained undefeated after a 2-1 win over Western Christian Thursday afternoon. Spencer (11-0) got its first goal from Macy Kuehler in the 25th minute on an assist from Ashley Williamson, which resulted from a counter-attack off a Western corner kick.

The game went to halftime 1-0 and Williamson added another Spencer goal with about 10 minutes to play to push the lead. Western would get on the board with two minutes remaining on a direct kick from just outside the box to end Spencer's current shutout streak at three games.

"It was a physical battle. Western is a physical team and battles hard," Spencer girls coach Tom Van Tassell said. "I thought we showed a lot of physical and mental toughness to hang in there. The girls worked really hard."

The Tigers will play three matches next week, starting Monday versus Storm Lake and Tuesday at Unity Christian. On Thursday they will travel to face Bishop Heelan (10-2), currently ranked third in Class 1A.

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