Dodge City girl's soccer is regional champs for the first time in school history.
For the first time in program history, the Dodge City Girl’s Soccer team is headed to state thanks to a masterful defensive performance and clutch penalty kicks as the Lady Demons beat Garden City 3-0 on Friday.
“It’s amazing,” junior goalkeeper Angie Ojeda said. “It feels awesome, we made history tonight. I’m so proud of my girls, I’m so happy we got the shut-out.”
It was a physical battle throughout the entire 80 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of overtime as both team’s defense refuse to give an inch.
In the end it came down to penalty kicks. Dodge City took care of business hitting their first three kicks while blocking Garden City’s three to clinch the win.
“I was nervous,” Ojeda said. “I felt like I was going to throw up right before each one but deep down inside of me I knew that I had each and every one.”
The game marks fifth shutout in a row and the 10th of the season for the Lady Demons.
A special significance was also placed on the win as it marked the third time this season that the Dodge City faced their conference rival, beating them 1-0 at home and tying 1-1 in Garden City.
“They’re our biggest rivals,” Ojeda said. “This is the best feeling in the world. They put up a really good fight but in the end I knew we would pull it out.”
The Lady Demons now wait to find out who they will face in State quarterfinal action which will take place on Tuesday. Until then, Dodge City will enjoy achieving another one of their goals.
“Last year when I came, WAC hadn’t been won in 12 years,” head coach Saul Hernandez said. “After we got that our next goal was to be regional champs because that had never happened. These girls got their mind set on what they wanted and they achieved it tonight.”