It was a total team effort for the Garden City Buffaloes girls soccer team on Tuesday, as they had five different Buffaloes score seven goals, trouncing the Great Bend Panthers 7-2 in Great Bend. The Buffaloes (7-1-3, 4-0-1) outscored the Panthers 12-3 in their two games this season.
Freshman Ivanee Medrano, four goals this season, and senior Noeli Munoz, tied for the team lead with seven goals, were the two Buffaloes who scored a brace each against the Panthers, which was Medrano’s first of the season and Munoz’ second.
The Buffaloes seemed to have carried over the momentum from their last matchup against the Panthers in Garden City, scoring early in eight minute when Medrano opened the scoring giving the Buffaloes the 1-0 lead.
"We wanted to take control of the game early on, and in the first 10 minutes minutes I think we did that," GCHS head coach Juaqin Padilla said. "We played a lot better than yesterday, although they played well yesterday, against a tough team like Hays. Today was an easier game and played very well."
In the 20th minute, senior Elyssa Salazar doubled the lead for the Buffaloes at 2-0 and it wasn't long when the third goal was scored by senior Noeli Munoz in the 37th minute. Two minutes later, in the 39th minute, Medrano scored her second goal of the game, taking the Buffaloes into halftime with a 4-0 lead.
The second half wasn't much different for Great Bend, as the Panthers couldn't slow down the potent Garden City offense. It only took 10 minutes after the halftime break for the Buffaloes to completely flood the Panthers with goals. Three goals were then scored in a span of five minutes, as senior Haily Enriquez scored in the 50th minute, sophomore Anahi Castillo scored in the 51th minute, and Munoz put in her second goal of the game in the 55th minute.
The Panthers tried a comeback, scoring two goals in the last five minutes of the game, but what the Buffaloes did earlier in the game was just too much for any comeback, sealing the victory 7-2.
"Great Bend is a good team, but for some we tend to play better against teams like Great Bend," Padilla said. "Compared to yesterday, we were kinda low energy and looked tired, today they came out and played hard in the first 15 minutes and played their game the rest of the game. Everything fell into place."
The win against Great Bend seemed to have been the polar opposite result for the Buffaloes, as they earned a draw against the Hays Indians on Monday at Buffalo Stadium. The sole goal scorer for Monday’s game was junior Nateara Beasley in the 71st minute, saving the Buffaloes from their second loss of the season.
After a very tough April, where the Buffaloes played eight games in 16 days, Garden City will now have an entire week off to recharge the batteries, before they play their next game against the Dodge City Demons.