It was a cold day for the Dodge City Lady Demons, both literally and figuratively, in their home soccer opener at Memorial Stadium against the Hays Lady Indians.
The temperature hovered around 40 degrees most of the game and the Lady Demons tried but could break through the Hays defense in the second half in a 3-1 loss in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both squads.
The Lady Demons have played very inconsistently so far this season in losing all four of their contests so far this season, with most of it being in the attacking portion of their lineup.
"Our difficulty right now is that we make sure we possess the ball," said DCHS soccer coach Charles Johnson. "We're just having a hard time getting that final push. We do things well at times, then we don't do things well.
"For us, we have to make sure to shoot when we have the chance where we don't feel like we have to make that one last pass or we make that little dribble instead of taken the shot right then."
Johnson also said the Lady Demons need to take on some accountbility among themselves and not look at each like others are supposed to pick up their game.
"We have a lot of individual talent, but I don't they've played together enough to feel comfortable with each other," Johnson said. "That is only going to come with time and once we start feeling more comfortable, then I feel things will start going our way."
The Lady Indians (4-1, 1-0) scored off a corner kick from April Johnson to Shelby Dinkel in the 10th minute for the early lead.
Dodge City tied the match in the 29th minute when a Hays defender tried to head the ball down and missed. Jackie Gonzalez was able to possess the ball and score from the top of the penalty box.
Hays took the lead back before halftime on a goal by Megan Byrd.
The Lady Indians possessed the ball for most of the first 20 minutes of the second half, but wasn't able to get any shots by goalkeeper Andrea Estrada.
Dodge City started to take control of the game and spent a good portion of the final 15 minutes attacking the Hays defense. The Lady Indians brought everyone back on defense in the final three minutes before Hays' Taylor Herndon was able to break away with the ball and scored from 15 yards out in the 80th minute to close the scoring.
The Lady Demons' next game is Thursday at Hays against the Thomas More Prep Lady Monarchs. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.