The Garden City Community College soccer teams suffered a pair of identical 3-1 defeats at Pratt on Wednesday.
Wednesday’s loss was particularly painful for the Broncbuster men as Pratt began the day 3 points behind the Busters in the KJCCC West standings. And after the Busters equalized in the 71st minute, it looked like Garden City would maintain that advantage in the season standings.
Instead, Pratt scored in the 88th minute, when the Beavers were awarded a penalty, which was blocked, but the rebound was tapped back in for the go-ahead goal.
The Busters had to send numbers forward after that, and conceded the third goal to seal the loss, which drops Garden City to 6-6 overall and 3-5 in the division.
Pratt improved to 5-6 and 3-5.
After a scoreless first half, the Beavers took the lead on Francesco D’ Aurelio’s tap-in off a cross from Andrea Migliozzi. The Busters found the equalizer when Remi Emeriau got a bouncer to go into the bottom right corner in the 71st minute.
With less than 3 minutes to play, however, the Beavers were awarded a penalty. D’Aruelio stepped up to take it, but his shot to the left was stoned by Buster goalkeeper Gabriel Melo, and the rebound bounced out to a streaking Scott Clark for the follow goal.
Joe Brett capped the scoring with 1:28 showing against a pushed up Buster backline.
GCCC took a 1-0 lead lead in the 31st minute when Leslie Sanchez was able to gain control of a Pratt goal kick against a stiff wind and dribbled into the box and sliced a shot straight to the Pratt keeper, who mishandled it and let it roll into the net for the Buster lead.
But Pratt responded with a trio of goals in the second half to down GCCC, which fell to 2-9 overall and 2-9 in the KJCCC West. Pratt improved to 5-7 and 3-6.
The Busters fell in straight sets to Seward County on Wednesday at Conestoga Arena, remaining winless in 2018.
Seward County opened with a 25-21 set win, and then dominated the second set, 25-7, before closing out the match with a 25-18 win.
The Busters drop to 0-23 and 0-10 in the KJCCC, while Seward County remains atop the KJCCC with a 19-5 overall record and a perfect 8-0 conference record.