For 76 minutes it was a back and-forth tussle between Dodge City and Garden City, two rivals who didn't want to budge an inch against their opponent.


     For 76 minutes it was a back and-forth tussle between Dodge City and Garden City, two rivals who didn't want to budge an inch against their opponent.
     But with four minutes to go, the scoreless tie was broken Thursday when Garden City's Juan Vicente found himself deep in Red Demon territory with the goalkeeper to beat.
     Vicente drove to the left side of the penalty box, where Red Demon goalie Alex Rodela came out to meet him. He lofted the ball perfectly over Rodela's arms and body and into the back of the net, inciting a dogpile of Buffaloes on the sidelines.
     A few unsuccessful attempts to push the ball up and net the equalizer for Dodge signaled the horn and a celebration on the middle of the DC logo.
     Dodge City had chances to go up early in the contest, but Buffalo goalie Cesar Solorzano met each and every challenge, even crediting the crossbar with a save before the end of the first half.
     The Red Demons, coming off a 6-1 victory at home against Hays-TMP, expected this to be an intense battle for positioning in the Western Athletic Conference standings. Dodge City took down Garden City on the road earlier this season by a score of 5-0.
     In a game that required such perfection and execution, it was fitting that the team to make the first mistake would find themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard.
     "I knew it would come down to the first mistake," said Red Demon Head Coach Virgil Hutchcraft. "We got caught ball gazing, and he was left wide open. He made a good goal."
     Despite the somber mood after the game, Hutchcraft was quick to remind the players that the season is far from over.
     "We need to regroup, but we can't give up," he said. "We just need to get on a little winning streak, and we're right back to where we want to be."
     The Red Demons travel to Hays on Tuesday for their next contest.