There was no doubt Kearney High girls varsity soccer came to compete in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference on Fri., Apr. 8 and Sat., Apr. 9 in Columbus, Nebraska. Being ranked the number one seed, KHS outplayed all the teams and earned the GNAC championship plaque for the third consecutive year.
To start conference, the Lady Cats played Lexington. With wind at their back, KHS got an 8-0 lead in the first half. After half, Kearney ended the game early with a 10-0 lead. Multiple Bearcats got their name in the book for scoring and assisting.
In the semifinal game, KHS competed against Columbus High School. Quickly, the Lady Cats settled into the game, taking a 3-1 lead before halftime. At the end of the game, KHS won 5-1. Scoring for Kearney were seniors Hannah Sickler, Megan Mueller, and Nicole Cepel and junior Jessi Vasquez.
After two games, Kearney came into the finals a little tired. However, KHS pushed through to defeat Norfolk and finish the tournament on top. Conditioning and determination were key elements that fueled the Lady Cats to victory. The only goal scored in the game came from Sickler after a nicely placed free kick by senior Molly Willis. Once Kearney had the lead, solid defense was played to ensure the win.
With key wins from this past weekend, the Lady Cats hope to continue their winning streak. The team will compete against Holdrege on Tues., Apr. 12 at 4:30 p.m. in Holdrege.