With only a couple of games left on the schedule before the ARMS League tournament on May 3, the Dodge City Middle School Lady Cardinal soccer team is on a mission to keep their undefeated record intact. Their opponent on Monday afternoon, Liberal West, had met the Cardinals before and it didn’t turn out very pretty, as has been the case for most of the opponents standing in the way of Dodge.


With only a couple of games left on the schedule before the ARMS League tournament on May 3, the Dodge City Middle School Lady Cardinal soccer team is on a mission to keep their undefeated record intact. Their opponent on Monday afternoon, Liberal West, had met the Cardinals before and it didn’t turn out very pretty, as has been the case for most of the opponents standing in the way of Dodge.
     After a subpar performance last week against a feisty Garden City Abe Hubert squad, the Cardinals came out swinging against West, levelling them to the tune of a 8-1 thrashing at St. Mary’s Sporting Complex.
     Once again leading the way for Dodge City was craft forward Pam Rosales, who netted five goals after scoring only once against Abe Hubert. Throughout the season, Rosales has consistently been the driving force behind the Cardinals’ wins, averaging close to four goals per contest. But her teammates know that while she may be putting most of the balls past the opposing goalkeeper, that their team effort allows her the opportunities to score.
     “Last year we only had four different goal scorers, this year from what I’ve counted we’ve already had nine,” said head coach John Bouchard. “Other people are contributing, including our midfielders, they’re all contributing and I think they see that. They know that Pam doesn’t score unless she gets the ball from them, and if the defense doesn’t shut them down, we won’t have a shot at scoring like we do. They understand it’s a team effort.”
     Also scoring for the Cardinals were Aaliyah Reyes, Icxel Olivares, and Ana Meza, who each contributed one goal apiece to the final outcome. Liberal scored their only goal of the contest on a penalty, which seems as if it is the only way that opposing teams can beat netminder Coral Neave, who had five saves against West.
     It was another slow start for Dodge, much like the game against Abe Hubert last week. But once the Cardinals got on the scoreboard, there was no stopping them. They fired their first shot into the net 12 minutes into the game, and then added three more goals within the next six minutes to make it 4-0 in the blink of an eye.
     That was enough to put the game out of reach for Dodge City, as they came out in the second half the same way they did in the opening half, appearing sluggish at first, but then exploding for four more goals in a matter of minutes.
     With the win, the Cardinals have all but assured themselves of an outright regular season title in the ARMS League, with no team close to them. Now they will be playing for seeding in the tournament, which will be held on May 3 in Dodge City. The top four squads in the conference will make the trip to determine their postseason winner.
     As for the B-team, they also continued their undefeated domination by grinding out a win against the B-team from Liberal West, 3-1.
     Scoring for that squad was Aneth Morales, Julia Enriquez, and Monica Blanco, netting one goal each for the Cardinals. Alexandra Garcia also pitched in with five saves on the night against West.
     Only two games remain on the schedule before the tournament, as Dodge will travel to Garden City this afternoon to play Abe Hubert in a rematch of last week’s nail biter, and will finish it off on Thursday in Garden against Kenneth Henderson.