Girls Hub Territory Soccer Roundup
Yes, the Bearcats were the top seed in last weekend’s Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament. The favorite won, which in most circumstances wouldn’t turn any heads. But it was the way KHS plowed through the GNAC field that was noteworthy. KHS coach Tami Anderson admitted she was surprised her squad outscored its opponents 14-1, given the injuries her squad had to Morgan Wicht, Hannah Lundell and Megan Mueller. Winning their first GNAC title in four years was a statement to others and themselves.
Anderson said that her team grew up last weekend. It was a different story than the "beating" it took against Lincoln Southwest the previous Saturday. Kelsey Stithem, Claire Sickler and Molly Willis have all stepped up and played bigger roles for the injury-riddled Bearcats. Right now, they’re in an offensive groove they hope they can ride the rest of the season. They’ll have good postseason tests at the Lincoln Southeast Invitational this weekend and with North Platte and Lincoln East the following week. If they really did turn that corner, as Anderson believes they did, that’ll be clear in a battle-tested second half.
Tuesday could’ve been a really beneficial thing for the Dusters. A home showdown against Kearney, a top 10 Class A school, would’ve been a nice barometer heading into the second month of the season. Instead, Mother Nature got in the way and decided blizzards in April were no big deal. But not playing that game could end up being a big deal.
With this new Class B Sub-State format, there are no easy rides to get to Omaha. That’s not to say Holdrege has its path paved to Sub-State, but as it currently stands, the Dusters will be the favorite to win another district title. Their only game against a Class A school this year could’ve helped out their wild card situation and given them competition comparable to a Sub-State foe.
The Dusters are 6-1 against teams below .500 and 0-2 against teams above that mark. Seeing better competition would’ve only helped, win or lose. Holdrege will be the No. 1 seed and the host site for the Central Conference Tournament. If Jenna Gillespie and Co. want to set themselves up better for Sub-State, winning a conference title would certainly help the cause.