Slow start dooms GCCC soccer in loss
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
Before head coach Hector Martinez could even blink, his Garden City Community College women's soccer team was down several goals to the Coffeyville Lady Red Ravens on Saturday afternoon at the GCCC Multi-sport facility.
But he was also down to only 11 players, with a couple of injuries and a couple more out with illness, making it hard for his starters to keep up physically, as they dropped the match 8-2.
"I don't want to justify how they're playing, however, not feeling they have a back up, or somebody else to rely on, makes them not as aggressive as they need to be," GCCC's interim head coach said.
The Lady Red Ravens used a strong wind in their favor in the first half to quickly score five goals, putting the game out of reach.
In the second half, the Lady Busters started slowly again, as Coffeyville scored three more times against a lackadaisical Lady Buster line.
However, freshman forward Juana Landeros finally broke through for Garden City, scoring unassisted in the 77th minute to get the Lady Busters on the board. The score seemed to energize the Lady Buster attack, as they threatened several times more in the waning minutes. Landeros broke through the second time, scoring on a set piece from 25 yards out.
"If they should play like that (at the end of the game) all the time, this should be a very different team," said Martinez.
Martinez had been named the interim coach at the outset of the 2013 season after previous coach Kai Thornberry resigned the position one day before the start of the schedule. GCCC is in the search process of finding a new head coach.
The Lady Busters' final match of the season will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday as they host Cowley County at the new GCCC Multi-sport facility.
Construction is still ongoing with new bleachers at the facility.