Garden City Community College’s women’s soccer team scored two or more goals in a match just once in 2017. They matched that mark for the 2018 season on Tuesday, in their second game of the season.
Though the two goals still came in a 5-2 loss to Northeastern (Colo.), the attacking momentum was a positive takeaway for head coach Scott Westbrook.
“I just think that we have more soccer players on the team this year,” he said on the pitch of Broncbuster Stadium. “Last year, we weren’t a team complete of soccer players. We can put together a pretty competitive starting lineup.”
But the struggle is trying to remain competitive for 90 minutes, and making the fatal mistakes early that cost them.
Northeastern’s Jaycie Dillenburg scored a pair of goals in the first six minutes of play, putting the Busters (0-2) in an early hole. Jessica Adame cut the lead in half with a free kick goal in the 10th minute, however, to keep the Busters in the match.
In the 35th, Northeastern (1-0) pulled back in front by two on Jasmin Ghafoerkhan’s goal from 10 yards out, leaving the score at 3-1 at halftime.
Once again, the Busters answered with another free kick, this time it was Johaly Portillo who tapped it in to make it 3-2. But that came in the 46th minute, and there was still 44 minutes to play, during which Northeastern scored another pair of goals to put the game away.
“I think (Northeastern is) a pretty good team — they’re aggressive,” Westbrook said. “Some mistakes that we have to iron out led to a few goals. But overall, 5-2, I think when you take a look it was a little more even as far as play goes. We’re still not a 90-minute team, yet.”
The Busters had 20 shots to Northeastern’s 12, but many of Garden City’s shots came from long distance. Now the Busters have a week off prior to opening conference play at Barton at 2 p.m. Sept. 5.