GISH Gearing Up for State Title Run

By: Dan Koob Email
By: Dan Koob Email

Redemption is a word not taken lightly around Grand Island's soccer team.

Dreams of an undefeated season one year ago, shattered, with a loss on the biggest of stages.

"Losing in the state title game last year was one of the worst feelings of my life. We wanted to go undefeated. Were on the right track now and we're doing the right things," said Lucas Venegas.

The Islanders are back this year, charging through their schedule unblemished entering this week's state tournament with a mark of 18-0, an A-2 district title, and top 15 national ranking.

Still, they'll enter states the third seeded team in Nebraska.
"It's a little disappointing, power points are power points and you gotta deal with it. It's something we have to overcome now," said Danny Gamboa, GISH goalkeeper. "It'll give us time to show everyone what we're made of."

"The kids take a lot of pride in their record and in the national ranking, so there's some disdain about being the three seed," said Head Coach Jeremy Jensen. "I wouldn't want to play against us and I certainly wouldn't want to coach against us. We have the ability to lull you to sleep and then smack 3 or 4 goals against you."

The team has struck opponents early and often, averaging almost five goals a game.

An offensive they'll need to take down Creighton Prep in a possible state title rematch..

"We're excited," said Gamboa, "We'll just have to wait, were excited to see what they have to offer this year, and because of what happened last year we're pumped."

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