Conq'd out: Lady Busters succumb in home debut to Dodge City.
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
It wasn't even as close as the score indicated.
The Garden City Community College soccer team dropped its home opener on Wednesday, 11-1, to Jayhawk Conference rival Dodge City.
That's the third lopsided loss the Lady Busters have endured in as many matches this season. Despite the earlier losses, the team came into Wednesday night's contest with high hopes, wanting to christen the new GCCC athletics facility with a win. Instead, after two quick goals by Dodge City, the energy and excitement dissipated quickly.
"We didn't communicate at all," said sophomore middle fielder Deydi Depaz. "We did go into the game really confident, but we just broke down after those first two goals."
The Lady Conqs scored in the 14th minute and the 18th to go up 2-0. And immediately, according to Depaz and interim head coach Hector Martinez, the high hopes faded.
"They think they just can't overcome goals," Martinez said.
Dodge City scored again in the 22nd minute to go up 3-0. Even Depaz' goal after dribbling through the middle of the Lady Conqs' defense in the 28th minute couldn't keep the Lady Busters in it. Dodge City scored less than a minute later to go back up by a 4-1 count.
The Lady Busters seemed to catch a much-needed break on Anna Vazquez' 45-yard yard Hail Mary shot that found the back of the net as Dodge City's keeper Karly Day misplayed the bounce with less than 10 second left in the half. Instead, Dodge City took back the momentum only three minutes into the second half en route to the rout.
Garden City's freshman goalkeeper, Danielle Puente, was kept busy all night, saving five. However, Dodge City poured in 16 shots on goal compared to Garden City's six.
Martinez said his team's players continued to lose positioning in their lines and found themselves chasing Dodge City players running free with the ball in front of the goal.
Garden City had its chances, too, several times penetrating the Lady Conqs' back line. But instead of putting a firm shot on goal, a Lady Buster would slip, hesitate too long or just plain miss their shots.
Depaz, the team's leading scorer, even had a penalty kick in the second half that she sent over the cross bar.
It's those mistakes that Martinez says seems to be plaguing the squad early in the season.
"We need to play intelligently. They need to trust each other," he said.
After the match, the team had an impassioned meeting where Martinez asked his team what they thought the problems were. It seemed, he said, to help.
The loss dropped Garden City to 0-3, and Dodge City moved to 2-2.
The Lady Busters now go back on the road for a 4 p.m. Saturday match at Pratt Community College. Pratt also is 0-3.