Lady Buffs Soccer scores clean sheet; swim beats season bests




Garden City High School's girls soccer team continued its road schedule on Thursday and returned home with a 4-0 victory over Great Bend as the Lady Buffs opened their Western Athletic Conference schedule.

The victory improved the Lady Buffs to 3-2 overall after claiming a fifth-place finish on Saturday in the Goddard/Bishop Carroll Tournament.

Thursday's victory saw the Lady Buffs take a 1-0 halftime lead on a corner kick from Lauren Walz to Evelyn Rodriguez, who touched it in the goal in the 21st minute.

The Lady Buffs came out more aggressive in the second half, scoring three times, with Megan Martinez scoring twice, the first in the 55th minute on an unassisted goal, and then in the 73rd minute when she dribbled through the Lady Panthers' defense and shot the ball into the corner of the goal. In between, Martinez assisted on a goal by Amber Miller in the 66th minute.

Garden City took 23 shots in the game while Great Bend managed just two. Ashlee Richman was in goal for the Lady Buffs and got the shutout, her second in the last three games.

"We took a lot of shots, but some were not quality ones," said GCHS coach Joaquin Padilla. "I think we just got anxious and Great Bend managed to keep us off the scoreboard for quite a while. We did a much better job in the second half. We got off our game early, but then we got back to how we want to play."

Defensively, Padilla said the Lady Buffs continued to play well.

"At times, we were a bit off, but overall I'll take 4-0," Padilla said. "That's a good score for me."

The Lady Buffs continue their road swing with a 5:30 p.m. Monday game at Liberal.

Linescore in Scoreboard, Page B2.

Girls swimming

The Garden City Lady Buffaloes swim team saw many season-best marks on Thursday at the Emporia Invitational to enable them to place second in the 10-team meet.

The Lady Buffs scored 418 points, well back of winner and host Emporia's 507 points.

In the process, two of the team's relays registered state-qualifying marks, first in the 200-yard medley wherein Ashley Longoria, Lindsay Bradstret, Claire Schmidt and Samantha Norton combined for a 2:08.43 time, good enough for second behind Emporia. Also, the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Abigail Ginest-Dougherty, Schmidt, Erika Schafer and Norton clocked a 4:12.45, which placed them third.

"We've been wanting to get those state qualifying times, and the girls were pretty excited about getting them this early in the season," GCHS coach Casey Wise said in a telephone interview.

Norton won her specialty event, the 200-yard individual medley, with a time of 2:32.24, beating favored Jordan Metz of Emporia by more than three seconds. Schmidt nearly made it a 1-2 finish for the Lady Buffs, claiming third with a time of 2:36.21 to Metz' 2:36.00.

Bradstreet had a third and fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:19.52) and 200-yard freestyle (2:23.60), respectively. In the 50-yard freestyle, Ginest-Dougherty and Longoria placed fourth and sixth with times of 23.56 and 28.96 seconds. Kailee Stucky took fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:22.82) while in the 100-yard freestyle Norton (1:01.93), Ginest-Dougherty (1:04.43) and Schafer were fourth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Claire Schmidt took nearly 14 seconds off her previous best time this year in the 500-yard freestyle by clocking a 6:14.30, which is only about two seconds off her personal best at the end of the 2013 season.

Bradstreet, Schafer, Longoria and Ginest-Dougherty finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:56.06. In the 100-yard backstroke, Schafer and Longoria were fourth and fifth with times of 1:15.38 and 1:16.96. Laura Richmeier swam sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:22.34.

"We had an outstanding day and the girls worked hard all week on their conditioning and it certainly paid off," Wise said. "I think we had a lot of different girls who scored today and many of them swam up places from where they were seeded, so that shows a lot of desire."

The Lady Buffs will host a quadrangular at 4 p.m. Tuesday with Western Athletic Conference teams coming from Liberal, Dodge City and Great Bend. That will be contested at the Garden City Family YMCA pool.

Results in Scoreboard, Page B2.

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