Lady Indians blitz Lady Buffs soccer, cruise to shutout win in Hays
By AUSTIN COLBERT
By AUSTIN COLBERT
Special to The Telegram
HAYS — The first goal scored by Hays High School freshman Courtney Molleker was almost a fluke, an easy tap in after the ball bounced off the hands of Garden City High School goalkeeper Ashlee Richman. Molleker's second goal, which came all of 59 seconds later to give Hays High a 3-0 lead just 10 minutes into Monday's girls' soccer match in Hays, was certainly no mistake.
Two perfect passes, the first from senior Lacey Pfannenstiel to freshman Tressa Becker, then from Becker to Molleker, couldn't have been scripted much better. And despite 70 minutes remaining in the game, it was pretty much all she wrote for the Buffaloes.
"We talked to them and said what the game meant and what it meant for us, and apparently it meant more for them than it did for us," Garden City coach Joaquin Padilla said. "We were flat. and those two goals were just killers. We weren't able to get back to our game and we didn't play the way we normally play."
The game settled down from there, but was never close in the Indians' 4-0 win. The win clinched at least a share of the Western Athletic Conference title for Hays High (10-2-1, 7-0 WAC), a third straight conference crown. Only Dodge City (6-6, 4-1 WAC) can still catch the Indians. The two teams will play each other on Thursday in Hays.
The loss sends Garden City to 6-5 overall, 3-3 in the WAC.
"At the beginning of the season I don't think very many people thought we were going to win conference again, but we've showed that we can play together and mix and match players," first-year Hays High coach Saul Hernandez said. "It feels good to keep the program getting WAC titles and keep the great tradition that (longtime coach Chris Michaelis) built going."
Hays High wasted little time getting on the board Monday, scoring its first goal in the sixth minute, an easy touch by Pratt Community College commit Alexa Brull from Molleker. Then, before Garden City knew what happened, Molleker scored back-to-back goals, paving the way for Hays High's 3-0 halftime lead.
The Indians got their final goal just 63 seconds into the second half, a long, rainbow shot from Pfannenstiel, who will play at Bethel College next season.
The rest of the half presented little in the way of action, with each team threatening to score only a couple more times. Hays High outshot Garden City 6-2 in the game, with each keeper — Hays High's being sophomore Brittany Dinkel — recording two saves.
"I thought the second half we got a little better. We were able to make some passes and we hit a couple of shots that we didn't make," Padilla said. "But the first half we were just flat. I thought the last 30 minutes we played a little more like we are capable of playing, but again we didn't get any results."
Garden City (6-5, 3-3) 0 0 — 0
Hays High (10-2-1, 7-0) 3 1 — 4
Hays High--Brull, 6th minute (Molleker).
Hays High--Molleker, 9th minute (Pfannenstiel).
Hays High-- Molleker, 9th minute (Becker).
Hays High--Pfannenstiel, 2nd minute (Becker).
Saves — Richman 2, Garden City; Dinkel 2, Hays High. Shots — Garden City 2, Hays High 6.