Last week, the Dodge City Middle School Lady Cardinals and Garden City Abe Hubert battled in Dodge, as the Hawks gave the Cardinals their first real threat of the season. Their aggressive defense stifled the high-powered Dodge offense for much of the game, but the Cardinals came out on top to remain undefeated.


Last week, the Dodge City Middle School Lady Cardinals and Garden City Abe Hubert battled in Dodge, as the Hawks gave the Cardinals their first real threat of the season. Their aggressive defense stifled the high-powered Dodge offense for much of the game, but the Cardinals came out on top to remain undefeated.
     Now a week later, and the two sides were at it again, this time on Garden City's turf. A win would all but assure the Cardinals of an ARMS League regular season title and the number one seed in the conference tournament on May 1.
     Despite battling strong winds and heavy dust, the Cardinals effectively shut down any type of attack from Abe Hubert, scoring three times in the second half to move to 7-0 on the season with a 4-0 victory.
     "We started out kind of slow, we weren't able to put much into the game in the first half going against the wind," said head coach John Bouchard. "With the wind at our back in the second half, we just kind of had our way. They once again came out and played us tough, played us aggressively, but our girls were able to figure out what they were doing right away."
     In the first half, Dodge City struggled against a stead 10 mph wind that aided the Hawks in their attempt of slowing down Pam Rosales and company. Hubert applied many of the same techniques that they showed in the first meeting, but the Cardinals were ready for it this time.
     Dodge City earned the early 1-0 halftime lead, as the winds seemed to pick a side in the red and black. Once the teams switched sides, that once pedestrian breeze had turned into a 30-40 mph gust working in the face of the Hawks.
     With their ability to punt and free kick from the goal area severely hindered, the Cardinals jumped all over the opportunity to put Abe Hubert away once and for all. They would eventually bury in three more goals to further cement their status as the team to beat in the league.
     Rosales netted two goals to pace all Dodge City scorers, with Aaliyah Reyes and Jennifer Olivares chipping in with a goal each. Coral Neave picked up the shutout for the Cardinals, racking up six saves even though the Hawks were never able to materialize anything on the offensive front.
     "Our girls knew they were going to be facing a defensive team here," Bouchard said. "We knew that we had to mark up their one speedy forward and she got no easy touches. Kory Mota and Reyes both did a phenomenal job."
     As for the B-team, they also remained undefeated with a 1-0 slugfest, as Joanna Chavez put away the only goal of the game between both teams. Bouchard mentioned that both teams looked tired, as the backup squads sat in the wind and 90 degree heat watching the first game.
     The Cardinals will gun for two perfect 8-0 regular seasons this afternoon as they travel back to Garden City to take on Kenneth Henderson in the season finale. Game time is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.