The Lady Pioneers soccer team won the first round of sub-districts behind Kaycee Driever’s seven goals in a 9-0 beating against the Auburn Bulldogs. Driever tied the school record with 16 goals on the season on Monday, April 29
Earlier this season, the Pioneers defeated Auburn 4-2. Coach Patrick King said his team made some adjustments during this contest. “We played really well tonight,” King said. “We changed some things up formation wise compared to the first time we played Auburn.”
Nebraska City was on point with their passing in this match-up, and got off to a quick start in the first half. Cassidy Chipman received the ball in the middle of the field and found Driever for the score with 34:56 remaining on the clock.
With over four minutes left in the first half, Isabella Denniston found Driever drifting towards Auburn’s goal. Driever placed the ball in the lower left hand corner of the net and NC led 2-0 at halftime.
The Pioneers caught on fire in the second half. With 32:51 remaining, Driever scored her third goal of the game. Just over a minute later, Driever kicked in another goal, and NC had a comfortable 4-0 lead. Later in the half, Driever showed off some solid footwork and scored again.
There was 19 minutes left in the game and the Pioneers controlled the ball close to their opponents goal. Lindsey Booth was able to deflect the ball and Driever nailed it right past the goalie for the score.
Selena Balquier had a chance to show off her leg with 14:11 remaining. Balquier drove down the side a let loose a kick that found the corner of the net for the goal.
Later, Booth and Balquier hooked up with under five minutes left in the game. Booth wiggled her way past a defender and found Balquier streaking towards the net. Balquier slid on the ground and knocked the ball in, and NC led 8-0.
Driever was inching so close to tying the school record for goals in season (16). Driever got that chance with over three minutes left to play, and took advantage of it, as she scored her seventh goal on the day and 16 total goals on the season.
“We had a great day of possession,” Coach King said. “If you look at the entire aspect of the game, we held it 90 percent of the time.”
Nebraska City will be at Conestoga to face the Conestoga Cougars on Tuesday, April 30, starting at 5 p.m.