A little more familiarity and being comfortable at where they are positioned on the field has helped the Dodge City Lady Demons in their last two games.
The Lady Demons followed a six-goal road victory with a 4-0 decision Monday night over Great Bend at Memorial Stadium in a Western Athletic Conference showdown.
"We've lost some players and had some injured, plus we have a new coach, so players are having to figure out positions again," said Scarlett Real about the slow start to the season and how things are turning around. "I think we are getting there and our play is getting back and our confidence is getting back. Hopefully, we'll just continue to get better."
Real scored three goals for the Lady Demons (2-4, 1-1), while Jaque Gonzalez added a goal and an assist as the host team dominated most of the play.
The Lady Demons are in a new formation (3-2-3-2) and Dodge City soccer head coach Charles Johnson said movement without the ball is part of the reason why the team has improved since losing their first four games.
"We've really focused on realizing that the ball doesn't get tired and it's the fastest thing out there," Johnson said. "Therefore, we do the movement before and we're ready to get the pass out in the open. You have to get them in that mindset of thinking two passes ahead and that they need to work for each other. That movement without the ball has been critical.
"We've (also) been working on our (defensive) fundamentals: keeping the ball in front of you and not worrying about the offside trap they were doing at the beginning of the season that they just didn't need to do. We stayed away from those silly mistakes, as well. They're playing as a team and that's just as critical."
Real scored her first goal in the seventh minute in front of the goal just inside the penalty area after receiving a pass from Cynthia Rodela. Gonzalez made the score 2-0 with an unassisted goal in the 29th minute.
Real got the Lady Demons on the board to open the second half with a 15-yard shot past the Great Bend goalkeeper in the 44th minute to push Dodge City ahead 3-0. She completed her hat trick in the 52nd minute when she took a pass from Gonzalez across the penalty box from point blank range.
Andrea Estrada didn't have much work in getting her second shutout of the season, recording only one save in the victory.