The Dodge City Conquistadors women’s soccer team won their second straight, beating the Northwestern Kansas Tech Mavericks 3-2 Wednesday afternoon.
After Northwest Kansas Tech controlled the first 15 or so minutes of play, Dodge City began to control possession, getting multiple chances.
With 12:05 left in the first half, the Conquistadors finally capitalized. Sophomore Liliana Vasquez caught up to a long pass and narrowly tipped it in past the Maverick keeper to give the Conqs a 1-0 lead that held up at halftime.
In the first half, the Conquistadors outshot the Mavericks 9-0, forcing Mavericks keeper Breanna Hillin into five saves. Dodge City freshman Francine Mayes played goal for the Conqs, and didn’t have to make a save in the first half.
“A goal just kind of gives you momentum, and that’s kind of what it did,” Conquistadors head coach Steward Bortey said. “We had an ugly half even though we had the wind. We could have made it easier on us, but we didn’t.”
At the end of the day however, the Conqs figured it out he said.
In the second half, with the wind at their backs, the Mavericks tied it on a goal by sophomore Adrijane Felix in the 53rd minute..
Then, with 27:05 left in the second half, the Mavericks scored again, taking a 2-1 lead off a shot by Lulu Moreno in the 63rd minute.
The Conqs tied it after a cross was headed in with 23:16 by freshman Bryanna Chavez. It got the Conqs going. Less than three minutes later, with 21:16 left, the Conqs regained the lead when sophomore Marcela Martinez scored to give the Conqs a 3-2 lead.
“We got what we wanted out of (the game) but moving forward we just need to get better,” Bortey said.
The win moved the Conquistadors to 3-3-1 overall.
In the men’s game, the Conquistadors got on the board early after freshman Eduardo Gabriel Da Silva took a pass on a cross and beat Mavericks’ freshman goalkeeper David Thomson in the 12th minute.
The Conquistadors led 1-0 at halftime. It ended up holding up as the game’s only goal as the Conqs got out with the win.
"Those are the kinds of wins that it's just pure work right there," Conquistador head coach Oscar Zelaya said.
The Conqs tried to stick to their own game plan, Zelaya said, but for a stretch got stuck playing the Mavericks' one. Still, they eventually found their way back to their own and were able to fend the Mavericks off.
As with the women’s team, Wednesday’s win was the second straight for the men’s soccer team, and moves the Conqs to 5-2 overall.