The Dodge City Red Demons boys soccer team took its first loss of the season Tuesday night, falling to Great Bend 2-1.
The loss makes them to 12-1 overall and 6-1 in Western Athletic Conference play. It was the team's first home loss since 2014.
Dodge City controlled much of play through the first half and early second, but Great Bend scored the first goal after Dodge City blocked a free kick but it ended up back on the toe of a Great Bend player who sent it in.
Then, with 30:03 left in the second half, a Panther header made it 2-0.
Red Demon senior Josue Castillo scored with 14:44 left in the half, but the damage had been done.
In the end, it was a night of missed opportunities for the Red Demons, one which saw them fail to score in the final seconds of the first half after a Dodge City player tipped the ball high to himself, beating the Great Bend goalkeeper, only to head it high over the crossbar as time expired in the half.
The need to finish was the major takeaway of the night.
“If you don’t put it in, you don’t win the games, simple as that,” Dodge City head coach Saul Hernandez said. “They have two shots, they scored on ‘em. I don’t know how many shots we had, and we only put one away.”
That’s been the story of the whole season he said.
“We practice and practice and practice finishing, and we still can’t get it,” Hernandez said. “I don’t know what else we need to do, because we’re playing everywhere right, and then we have a mistake and they score on us.”
The Red Demons head to Lawrence to take on Lawrence Free State Friday.