For the second time in as many games, the Dodge City Conquistadors women’s soccer team won 4-0, beating the Pratt Beavers Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore midfielder Siobhan Longmore had two goals, and sophomore forward Begona Rodriguez-Bravo led all shooters with 16 shots, one goal and an assist in the win.
Freshman defender Keeley Milner also had a goal.
Conquistadors head coach Steward Bortey said he was glad the team got the win, but was unhappy with the way it happened, pointing to 40 shots the team got, 21 on goal, with only four goals to show for it.
“It just goes back to we have to finish,” Bortey said. “We came in pretty flat. Obviously it doesn’t help whenever they have (most of their players) back and playing defensive and only one up top.”
That Beavers' defensive strategy seemed primarily focused on stopping both Longmore and Rodriguez-Bravo. The two were defended incessantly throughout the game, often with multiple defenders each. The Beavers rarely attacked offensively, managing only four shots, two of which were on goal.
Still, the Beavers had an extra player on the field for most of the game because of a play on one of their few offensive opportunities.
About two-thirds of the way through the first half, a Pratt player took the ball up the sideline and drove toward the goalie-box. Dodge City freshman goalkeeper Courtney Turner came out to defend, stopping the ball just outside the box. However since she touched the ball outside of the box, touching the ball with her hands was illegal.
Turner was issued a red card 30:44 into the game, which required the Conquistadors to play with 10 players against the Beavers’ 11 the rest of the way.
Still, the Conquistadors continued to attack, and the Beavers continued to play defense despite the player advantage.
About 12 minutes after Turner’s ejection, Dodge City freshman defender Olivia Schellekens put a pass through the Pratt defense across the front of the net. Freshman defender Keeley Milner was position and kicked the ball in without stopping it, giving the Conquistadors a 1-0 lead.
Milner, like Longmore, is from Busselton, Western Australia.
“I’m proud of her,” Longmore said. “I said to her at the start of the game ‘This is your game, you’re gonna get a goal,’ and she did and I’m so proud of her.”
Freshman goalkeeper Alexis McKinnon made two saves playing in place of Turner.
“Lexi filled in big shoes,” Bortey said. “We’ve always known that Lexi a good keeper. We have two solid keepers so we’re thankful for that.”
Bortey said he is confident McKinnon will fill in well for the Conquistadors.
The team will need all their players to play well when they head to Hutchinson, Kansas to take on the No. 19 Hutchinson Blue Dragons at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.