Dodge City cruises to win over Great Bend

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GREAT BEND, Kan. The Dodge City Lady Demons traveled to Great Bend and defeated the Lady Panthers by a score of 6 to 1. The teams played the Western Athletic Conference match under beautiful conditions. The only weather issue came from an occasional stiff west wind. Dodge City opened the scoring with a goal from Mattyson Scheck six and half minutes into the game.

Dodge City Lady Demon #13 Vanessa Rivero dribbles the ball ahead as Great Bend Lady Panther #27 Yulisa Valdez pursues in the first half. The Dodge City Lady Demons defeated the Great Bend Lady Panthers by a score of 6 to 1 at the Cavanaugh Soccer Complex in Great Bend, Kansas on April 8, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

Great Bend responded less than two minutes later with a goal by Yulisa Valdez to tie up the score. For the next ten minutes, both teams would probe and try for a go-ahead goal. Dodge City found it at 21:59 as Avery Donaldson scored her lone goal of the day. The Lady Panthers tried to find an equalizer as the half drew to a close. They had a throw-in from deep in their half, but they were unable to convert it to a goal. The second half started like the first, with early goals. Less than four minutes into the second half, Dodge City's Alisia Astorga Solis found a deep pass and kicked a ball past the Lady Panther goalkeeper to score her first goal of the night. Less than thirty seconds later, a batted around ball above the box landed at the feet of Mattyson Scheck. She drove it home and recorded her second goal of the night. Four minutes later, Alisia Astorga Solis received yet another deep pass. This time she went with a high kick that flew past the outstretched hands of the goalie and into the net. Solis was the second Dodge City player to earn a brace of two goals on the night. Dodge City now lead the hosting Lady Panthers five goals to one. After the three-goal flurry, things settled down for a while into a back and forth game. Great Bend would try to challenge, but they could not get numbers forward enough to take advantage of any deep balls. With three minutes remaining in the game, Mattyson Scheck found the net for the third time of the night. She earned the hat trick with a kick from outside the box capping off a nice
run with the ball.

"We've been struggling with goals," said Dodge City Head Coach Saul Hernandez. "It was nice to get some today. It's a big relief and a great site to see that many goals go in."