After a disappointing stretch of three days, in which the Garden City Community College men’s team was blanked twice in losses, the Broncbusters finally broke the skid with a 5-0 win over Hesston on Tuesday.
The Busters got a trio of goals from Remi Emeriau at Broncbuster Stadium, and one more from each of David Ballin and Abdoulaye Agyen.
The win “came at a good time,” head coach Scott Westbrook said.
The Busters (5-3, 2-2) were coming off a 3-0 loss to Cloud County Saturday and then a 2-0 loss to Barton on Monday. Barton and Cloud County are expected to be the top two teams in the KJCCC West.
“The game against Cloud County, if something could go wrong, it did,” Westbrook said.
And Westbrook said the loss to Barton was closer than the 2-0 score indicated, but the Cougars did have an attacking advantage, which is what the Busters tried to rectify Tuesday.
“It wasn’t really about the win or loss, it was about getting our confidence back,” Westbrook said. “Today, the first half was just tense. You’re dealing with amateur athletes, we need the points and it’s a hot day. The second half was a laugher. It should have been that way the whole game.”
The Busters had just one goal in the first half vs. Hesston (1-6-1, 0-4), that coming from Emeriau on a penalty kick in the 8th minute. Emeriau opened the second half by beating the Hesston keeper in 1-on-1 situation in the 47th minute, and then made it 3-0 with his hat trick goal in the 52nd minute.
“At the beginning of the year, I felt like we had a high-powered offense. Whether we were scoring a lot or not, you could see the play was there,” Westbrook said. “But on defense, we were letting things through so let’s work on that, and we got a couple of shutouts, but then our offense got tentative.
“We’re not getting forward as a team. We were back to that one or two guys moving forward and the rest of the team lagging behind.”
That was not so in the second half, when Bellin made it 4-0 in the 84th minute off a corner kick, and then Agyen made it 5-0 in the 88th minute.
“We’ve got to keep working to get better, and at the end we’ll see if we’re in the playoffs and go from there,” Westbrook said. “We’re a playoff caliber team.”
The Buster women had a big day Tuesday, as well, securing a 5-0 shellacking of Hesston. However, the play was not quite up to par for Westbrook still.
“We told them that this is college soccer,” Westbrook said. “We need to take this more serious than we have been.”
The Busters improved to 2-5 overall and 2-3 in the KJCCC. On Tuesday, they got goals from five different players, with Ariana Sanchez, Jessica Adams, Maria Gasca, Goretti Mendez and Isabel Medina all finding the back of the net.