Garden City Community College's fall sports are in full swing after the weekend with the men's and women's soccer teams and the volleyball team all seeing action.

Men's Soccer

The men's soccer team captured a season opening win Saturday on the road, defeating Northern Oklahoma Tonkawa on the road, 2-1.

The Broncbusters took control of the match early with Leonardo Marini setting up Abdoulaye Agyen for a goal in the second minute.

"The team was a little nervous to start out, but they eventually loosened up," GCCC assistant coach Hector Martinez said. "We just continued possessing the ball, and eventually our opponent lost confidence."

Kevin Benitez, off a feed from Lucas Martins, extended the Broncbusters lead to 2-0 in the 37th minute of the game.

Tonkawa's Alexis Ellis scored the only goal of the second half.

The Broncbusters outshot Tonkawa 16-13, with goal keeper Gabriel Melo having seven saves.

Women's Soccer

The women's soccer team ran out of time and suffered a 3-2 loss to Central Community College in Columbus, Neb.on Saturday.

"The girls were much better this afternoon than they were at Otero," Head Coach Corey Bryant said. "We were our own worst enemy though. We made a couple of mistakes in our defensive half, and both of those led to first-half goals."

The first mistake came in the 13th minute, leading to a goal by the Raiders' Mei Hou. After the Broncbusters evened the score with Catherine Small's first career goal, another mistake set up Central's Madison Hurst for a score, making it 2-1.

"I can't fault our effort at all. We played hard from start to finish. The ability to connect with each other is something that we have worked on and discussed numerous times. Today, they got to see it work a bit," Bryant said.

The Raiders pushed their lead to 3-1 in the second half as Madison Garrow scored in the 79th minute.

Garden City scored five minutes later, when Small delivered a pass to Noeli Munoz for a goal.

Goal keeper Kaylee Keller had two saves in the game, while Small scored a goal and had an assist.

The women will have their home opener at 7 p.m. on Friday against Northestern.


GCCC's volleyball team closed out the Mid-Plains Subway Invite Saturday, dropping their final two matches in North Platte, Neb.

The Broncbusters went five sets with Durham (25-21, 15-25, 19-25, 25-18 and 6-15) and four sets with McCook (25-21, 20-25, 23-25 and 19-25). Garden City is now 0-5 on the season.

"Our issue right now is not our ability to play volleyball," Head Coach Patrick Hiltz said. "We have to learn to get out of our own way mentally."

In their first match of the day, GCCC came back after trailing two sets to one, but in the final set, Garden City committed 12 errors.

"We work hard and play well enough to win, but when it comes time to finish, we crumble," Hiltz said.

GCCC's Katie McHugh had seven aces along with 35 assists. Adisyn Swan led the way with 12 kills, Katarina Vojvodic added 11, and Summer Nerkowski had 14 digs.

In the second match of the day, Garden City faced off with McCook.

After splitting the opening two sets, errors cost GCCC in the third for a two-point loss.

"The entire match, every set was a fight. We executed our offense very well at times and not so great other times. We have to stay the course and keep our cool," Hiltz said. "This team has enough good volleyball players to win games."

Swan paced the Broncbusters with 16 kills and 11 digs. McHugh had 28 assists and 17 digs, Nerkowski had 20 digs and Jessica Forbes had 17.

Garden City plays in the Otero Junior College Classic beginning on Friday.