As the Cardinals have become used to piling on goals, nearing the 10-goal mercy rule every time they step onto the pitch. Behind the solid play of forwards Pam Rosales and Icxel Olivares, Dodge City is unbeaten and dominating the competition.


As the Cardinals have become used to piling on goals, nearing the 10-goal mercy rule every time they step onto the pitch. Behind the solid play of forwards Pam Rosales and Icxel Olivares, Dodge City is unbeaten and dominating the competition.
     But Garden City Abe Hubert came out on Thursday with a gameplan to effectively shut down the talented Cardinal goal scorers, forcing the players around those two to step up and make themselves heard. After falling behind a goal early in the first half, Dodge scored four answered to remain unbeaten, sending Abe Hubert home with a 4-1 loss.
     "Garden City came out and they played aggressive, they played tough and they had a very good gameplan," said head coach John Bouchard. "Our girls went out and tried to do the same things they've always done, but we were able to figure out how they were playing us. The girls showed a lot of character by getting down and coming back to win."
     Despite allowing the first goal, Dodge City refused to give up even though Garden City was applying pressure to the ball that the Cardinals had not seen all season long.
     The Cardinals responded with a goal midway through the period, sliding one past the Abe Hubert goalie from close range. Then, after setting up a free kick from around 15 yards out, the Cardinals struck a laser to the upper part of the net, securing them a 2-1 lead going into the half.
     Now with the wind at their back, the Cardinals felt the need to take advantage of the situation, continually trying to work the ball to Rosales. It wasn't until a good chunk of the second half had ended that the Cardinals struck gold, as Rosales teed up a shot from a very difficult angle. The ball seemed to float and catch the Abe Huber goalkeeper by surprise, catching the left upper 90 to give Dodge City a two goal cushion.
     From there, they would never look back.
     Garden City found opportunities late in the contest, but the Cardinal defense effectively stopped any attack from the visiting team. Dodge added another goal late in the game, grinding out a 4-1 win to move them to 5-0 in the ARMS League and one step close to a conference title.
     Scoring goals for the Cardinals were Rosales, Jennifer Olivares, Icxel Olivares, and Aaliyah Rayes.
     "Today showed their character and also showed that they've had a lot of good training in the past," Bouchard said. "I know a lot of these girls play on club teams in the offseason and it shows. I am thankful to the coaches that work with them. Today the girls realized what needed to be done and went out and did it."
     As for the B-team, they continued the string of solid play with a satisfying 3-0 win over Abe Hubert. Goal scorers for Dodge included Aneth Morales, Julia Enriquaz, and Linda Almendarez, which was her first goal of the season.
     Next up for the Cardinals is a home contest against Liberal West with an opportunity to put a clamp on a league championship. A-team action begins at 4 p.m., with the B-team set to play at 5:15 p.m.