Hard-fought loss ends Lady Busters' rough season
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
Usually, allowing a goal in the last minute of the half could sink a team's morale and drive.
And the Garden City Community College women's soccer team could have easily given up after a season that started with their head coach, Ki Thornberry, resigning just days prior to the first match. Instead, they continued to fight in their last contest of the season at the GCCC Multi-sport Facility when they hosted Cowley College on Wednesday night.
Alas, the fight was not enough to get the Lady Busters their first non-forfeit win of the season as they fell to the Lady Tigers 4-0, finishing the season at 1-13 (The lone win came in a Cloud County forfeit on Sept. 14 for using an ineligible player).
"We were trying to get this game," said a disappointed sophomore midfielder Deydi Depaz after the match. "We knew that we could. We tried, but I guess it didn't happen."
After Thornberry resigned just one day prior to the season opener, Hector Martinez was named the interim coach, remaining positive during a long season. But it seemed the long list of losses, and the short list of available players, were weighing heavily the last few matches.
On Wednesday, though, the Lady Busters played with a renewed sense of urgency in the first half, fighting for position and winning their fair share of battles. They had several attacks that showed promise, but could not complete the charges.
The Lady Buster defense stayed strong as well, until the Lady Tigers' Landre Oglesby found the back of the net after controlling a cross to the middle. She dribbled left to the top of the 17-yard box, broke back to the right and scored just inside the right post.
The Lady Tigers added one in the 45th minute, just seconds before halftime, to go up 2-0 on Siara Price's score from just outside the box on the right.
Eliany Parra's goal in the 66th minute and Kierstyn Legg's goal in the 87th minute provided the finally tallies in the shutout.
"We set goals at the beginning of the season," Martinez said after the loss. "We talked about those goals before the game and they are disappointed they didn't meet those goals, but they still were trying and getting better."
The Lady Busters finish with one win for the second-straight season after going 1-15 in 2012. But this season, the breaks seemed to be stacked against the Lady Busters from the beginning.
"I think we had a lot of problems stopping us," said Depaz, who led the team with four goals in conference games. "With Ki (Thornberry's resignation) and stuff like that, and staying as a team together with so few girls. It was hard trying to play the entire 90 minutes running."
A permanent head coach for the program has not been announced by the college.
Cowley 2 2 -- 4
GCCC 0 0 -- 0
Cow--Oglesby, unassisted, 26th minute
Cow--Price, unassisted, 45th minute
Cow--Parra, unassisted, 66th minute
Cow--Legg, unassisted, 87th minute