The Dodge City Conquistadors women’s soccer team beat the Hesston Lady Larks 4-0 Wednesday night.
It was the team’s first win since beating Iowa Lakes Sept. 2 in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Sophomore midfielder Siobhan Longmore spearheaded the offense, scoring two goals in the game.
It was a dominating game for the Conquistadors, who controlled the vast majority of play, outshooting the Lady Larks 15-3 in the first half and getting six shots on goal to just one by the Lady Larks in that span.
Longmore said it was a win she felt the team deserved.
“We haven’t had that kind of spirit in a really long time and the confidence is just going to go up from here,” Longmore said. “This is what we needed and I’m so happy we got the win today.”
Longmore said she just wanted to make her family watching back in Australia proud with the goals she scored.
“It was awesome,” Longmore said.
Longmore very nearly had a hat trick not once but twice in the last 10 minutes of the game.
With just over nine minutes remaining, the Conquistadors up 4-0 and with two goals already, Longmore took a pass and appeared to score her third goal of the night. However a nearby official quickly ruled her offside.
Then, with 3:28 remaining, Longmore made a great move around a defender and drilled a hard shot that hit the crossbar and bounced back into play.
“I actually don’t know why the last one didn’t go in,” Longmore said. “But I’m cool with two.”
Longmore drove the net the entire night, ending up with 11 shots.
Overall, the Conquistadors outshot the Lady Larks 35-6, and 14-3 in shots-on-goal.
“We’ve been doing offense practice this whole week,” Longmore said. “Now it’s come to the games and we brought it to them. That’s what we wanted and that’s what we got.”
Dodge City head coach Steward Bortey said Longmore’s effort was amazing.
“Her performance was just unbelievable,” Bortey said. “I’ve always knew she had it in her, we just needed a little more confidence in her, which she has it now.”
It was also Bortey’s first win as a head coach. Bortey is in his first season at the helm of the Conquistadors.
“It feels pretty good,” Bortey said. “I’ve always knew that we’ve had it in us. Like I said in the past that we just needed to finish. We’ve worked on it throughout the last game, throughout other practices and we’re doing our job now. Right now all we can do now is keep that confidence going.”
The four goals were also the most the conquistadors have scored in a game this season.
“It just looks flawless out there,” Bortey said. “I’m really happy with the girls.”
Bortey was quick to deflect any possible praise.
“It’s all the girls,” Bortey said. “It’s just a mindset that went into going in the game. It just looked good, we possessed the game just like we needed to and everything just looked good.”
Freshman goalkeeper Courtney Turner made three saves in the shutout.
“As a player she’s improved so much,” Bortey said. “Courtney Turner is just an unbelievable player. We’re lucky to have her for sure.”
Dodge City next takes on Pratt in Dodge City Sunday. The women’s team plays at 1 p.m. followed by the men’s team at 3 p.m.