With fall sports beginning, both the men's and women's soccer teams open the season traveling to Hillsboro, Kan., to take on Tabor College on Wednesday, Aug. 23. The women will begin play at 5 p.m., with the men starting at 7 p.m.
Both teams begin the season with first year head coaches. The men's team is led by head coach Oscar Zelaya who begins his first year as head coach, but begins his fifth year at Dodge City Community College. The women are led by Steward Bortey.
The men ended the 2016 season with a record of 5-10-2 with two wins over Pratt, one win over Northwest Tech and two wins over Hesston.
"The soccer team has been working really hard this preseason and we are eager to show the progress on the field," Zelaya said. "The team knows that I have high expectations on and off the field, not only for them but for myself as well.
"It will be a learning process for me and I would not have chosen a better team or facility to initiate this part of my career. I hope that my players and their families understand how important they are to me as individuals and know that I will always give them 100 percent as I expect no less from them."
The women finished up the 2016 season with a record of 8-8 with six of those wins coming at home.
"I’m very excited to see us compete," Bortey said. "Having a good start to the season is always great. This match will be a good test for our women. It’s a great day to be a Conquistador."
After playing Tabor, the women will play again on August 25, at Johnson County Community College. The team’s first home game will be on Sept. 6 as they host Barton County Community College.
The men will travel to Kansas Wesleyan on August 26, and will be on the road until Sept. 6 when they host Barton.