The North Platte High School girls' soccer team broke open what was a tied game against Gering at halftime by scoring seven goals in the second half on Tuesday to win its season opener at Madison Middle School."I told them after the game that I was so proud of how they adjusted," said NPHS girls' coach Sarah Kaminski. "Not only did they adjust but they took it to another level."
North Platte got the first goal of the game when Alex Neff scored off of an assist by Taylor Banark in the 22nd minute.
But Gering answered back right before halftime as Laettner Blanco scored a goal to even it up.
"We weren't quite playing like ourselves in the first half," Kaminski said. "But we came out of halftime a totally different team."
About ten minutes in, Gering's Morgan Smith found the back of the net to break the tie. But the problem for the Bulldogs was that Smith put the ball into her own team's net as she attempted to field the ball after it had been fired from the left side by Banark.
A couple of minutes later, Neff scored again on a breakaway to make it 3-1 and from there, it was all NPHS.
Hannah Wilke scored as her shot from 20 yards away went past Gering goalie McKenna Copsey and into the net to make it 4-1.
North Platte finished the game by scoring four goals in the final 10 minutes with four different players scoring in Madalynn Doughty, Marisa Martinez, Morgan Raska and Banark.
"When we present a challenge to the girls, they do it," Kaminski said. "These are really coachable girls and their effort today was commendable."