It wasn’t the prettiest game on their schedule, nor was it the cleanest in terms of performance, but as long as the Lady Demons score just one more goal than their opponent, then they can deal with the logistics of their play later.


It wasn’t the prettiest game on their schedule, nor was it the cleanest in terms of performance, but as long as the Lady Demons score just one more goal than their opponent, then they can deal with the logistics of their play later.
     That was the case on Tuesday night, as the Dodge City Demon soccer squad hosted their heated Western Athletic Conference rival Garden City, looking to maintain their unblemished and unbeaten record in the league.
     Thanks to a lucky touch off Mayra Alarcon off a free kick with just under 11 minutes left to play in the second half, the Demons managed to escape Memorial Field with a 1-0 victory over the Buffaloes, giving them some breathing room in the WAC.
     The ball, which was sent in by senior Signe Munk, somehow found its way to Alarcon who was hidden behind a Garden City defender. Her jump was mistimed slightly early, but the ball caromed off her side and took everyone by surprise, including the Buffalo goalie. It worked just as well as a header, even if it was by total accident, and it seemed fitting that the type of goal scored by her would be the one that would win this slugfest.
     “The coaches were talking during the game and we knew it was going to come down to whoever got that one goal, whoever gets the lucky touch,” said head coach Virgil Hutchcraft. “Fortunately for us it was our turn tonight. I thought we pretty much dominated possession and our defense tightened things up in the second half.”
     When you get Dodge City and Garden City on the same field, records and history books can be thrown out because the play between these two schools is always at a premium level. Both squads struggled to get anything going in the first half, as the Buffs came out in a different formation than Hutchcraft was preparing for, causing some confusion from the Demon defense.
     Neither side got a solid touch on goal for the first 40 minutes, as Dodge City made some key adjustments in at halftime to combat the different look that Garden was showing. These corrections allowed the Demons to possess the ball more and shut down any threat from the visitor.
     Each team scratched and clawed their way for offensive scoring chances, with the Demons faltering inside the Buffalo penalty area. But that is when their hard work and determination finally paid off.
     Working the ball deep in Garden City territory, Scarlett Real and Cynthia Rodela were showcasing their best footwork in an attempt to clear some space for a through ball or a cross. A Buffaloes foul was called just outside the box near the right sideline, where Munk was called upon to use her slingshot leg.
     “If Signe (Munk) can get confident and create the ability to place, she can score from almost anywhere on a free kick,” Hutchcraft said. “It’s nice to have that threat because we don’t really have anybody else out there who has that strong touch.”
     That goal from Alarcon and Munk proved to be the game-winner, and regardless of only scoring one goal, it was enough to move the Demons to 4-0 in the WAC with a meeting against Great Bend on Thursday at home.
     “That was part of my pre-game speech, was that we’re the only undefeated WAC team, and this win tonight gives us a little space between us and Garden,” Hutchcraft said. “Now we have to take care of business against Great Bend so we can make a statement that this conference title is ours.”
     The action between the Demons and the Redskins is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., with the junior varsity, who took care of business on Tuesday against Garden 4-0 to remain unbeaten in the conference, and will conclude with the varsity at 5:30 p.m.