On Sept. 16 in Hesston, the Garden City Busters men’s soccer team had accumulated a lead against the host Larks, before lightning forced the game to be cancelled, just short of the 70 minutes needed for an official game.
Still, the Busters showed, at least for the first half, they were the better side. And perhaps that came back to nearly cost the Busters Wednesday evening at Broncbuster Stadium, where they allowed Hesston to rally from 2-0 down, before Remi Emeriau saved the Busters with a free kick goal in the 87th minute for a 3-2 triumph.
“I think when we went up there, I think the guys kind of got a false sense of security with this team,” GCCC head coach Scott Westbrook said.
Emeriau put the Busters on top early Wednesday, scoring in the seventh minute against the Larks. Then, Jesus Vasquez — who Westbrook praised for his hustle in the midfield — put the Busters ahead 2-0 with his goal in the 27th minute.
The Busters held that advantage for only three minutes, though, before Landon Baer scored off a corner kick in the 30th minute, and the Larks drew even on Dakota Hearrell’s goal in the 36th.
But Emeriau was the savior, with the Larks allowing a free kick from nearly 30 yards out on a hand ball in the 87th minute. Emeriau, who was flawless in finishing goals during Tuesday’s practice, Westbrook said, stepped up to the ball, blasting it to the left post to deliver the game-winner. The Busters improved to 4-9 overall.
“Tonight was good,” Westbrook said. “I told the guys to remember that feeling, what it feels like to win. Hopefully, we can carry that into the next three games.”
The Busters travel to Pratt at 4 p.m. Tuesday, and then host Dodge City at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20, before closing out the season on Oct. 23 at Hesston, which is the make-up date for the previously cancelled match.
The Buster women fell, 4-2, to Hesston on Wednesday, prior to the men’s game, at Broncbuster Stadium.
Despite the loss, the two goals are a season high for the Busters, who fall to 0-12. They got goals from Gorettie Mendez and Jessica Adame, the latter of which drew the Busters within 3-2, before Hesston’s Miya Gonda scored off a corner kick in the 86th minute to reach the final margin.