Sloppy second half dooms Lady Busters at home
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
For the first time this season, the Garden City Community College soccer team outshot their opponent, putting 12 shots on goal to Cloud County's 10 on Saturday at the Tangeman Complex.
However, the Lady Busters were only able to find the back of the net once in those 12 shots on goal, falling 7-1 to the Lady Thunderbirds. Though, the Lady Busters (0-5, 0-5) and Cloud County (1-2, 2-2) were tied 1-1 at half as Juana Landeros took a Deydi Depaz assist from across the box to even the score in the first, giving interim head coach Hector Martinez a sense of progress.
"The girls are doing much, much better," he said about the first half before the six-goal onslaught in the second half produced the lopsided score. "They know how we need to play. There's just some things that I need to work with the goalie to progess."
The Lady Thunderbirds scored on a corner kick and two free kicks in the second half, areas that Martinez thought needed to be addressed.
Cloud County's Georgia Walters was the main threat, doubling down on hat tricks in the game, scoring six goals for the Lady Thunderbirds. Lisa Marie Schulz scored the other.
"I think it was some bad positions to defend the ball coming into the goalie," said Martinez. "Bad decisions that day and that was it."
Danielle Puente has been tasked as the last line of defense for a team in transition with Martinez named interim coach just days before the opener. The Lady Busters have consistently been outshot in matches so far this season, putting a lot of pressure on the freshman goalie, which has produced mixed results.
"Danielle has been having some good days and some bad days," said Martinez. "We need to become more consistent. We need to work on each position."
The Lady Busters have been outscored 35-5 in their five matches this season, losing all of them. The closest loss was a 2-0 defeat to Pratt on Sept. 7.
Garden City goes on the road on Wednesday to take on Heston College, its first non-conference foe of the season.