The Dodge City Conquistadors women’s team beat the Cloud County Community College Thunderbirds 2-1 Wednesday night.
“That was all heart, that was honestly all heart man,” Dodge City head Coach Steward Bortey said. “Nothing else can explain it, and what’s more we came out and we played. It was a good game.”
The Thunderbirds outshot the Conquistadors massively throughout the game. In the first half alone, the Cloud County outshot Dodge City 15-2.
About seven minutes into the game, Cloud County forward Joana Villanova scored to give the Thunderbirds a 1-0 lead.
Outside of that, it was a perfect first half for Dodge City goalkeeper Courtney Turner, who made six first-half saves.
That lead didn’t hold up long. In the second half, Dodge City sophomore midfielder Marcela Martinez scored just 4:38 in, tying the game.
Then, in the 71st minute, a Cloud County player got a red card to the right side of the Cloud goalkeeper. Seconds later, Dodge City sophomore forward Begona Bravo curved in the corresponding free kick.
Her goal proved to be the winner.
“It was a lot of pressure for me because I knew if we were gonna score it would be that (one),” Bravo said.
Even after they went down a person, the Thunderbirds continued to attack. They finished the game outshooting the Conquistadors 23-8.
“It was really hard,” Bravo said. “We didn’t know if they were gonna score or not. Luckily they didn’t.
Bortey said it was a big win for the team.
“We are that team that we want to be,” Bortey said. “It is a big confidence boost for them and we’re looking forward to down-the-road. We’ll keep fighting, we’ll keep doing what we do best.”
The Conquistadors next head to Hesston, Kansas to take on Hesston College at 7 p.m. Saturday.