It was a frustrating Thursday night for the Dodge City Red Demons girls soccer team as they lost their fourth straight game, falling to the Great Bend Panthers 2-1 in Memorial Stadium.
Sophomore Alisia Solis scored early in the second half to bring the Red Demons within a solid strike of tying it, but the Red Demons never recovered from two early first-half mistakes.
“It’s very frustrating,” Red Demon head coach Saul Hernandez said. “We give up two goals on two mistakes, and we can’t capitalize on our chances. I thought we were taking steps forward from last game, putting in a good battle against a good Garden team, and then today we come out flat footed. We must not be doing something right as a coaching staff to get these girls motivated, so we’ve got to work on that.”
In the first half, the ball trickled through Red Demon senior goalkeeper Rachel Garcia’s legs after a long shot by Great Bend, giving the Panthers a 1-0 lead with about 30:30 left in the first half.
Later on, the Panthers scored again after Garcia kicked the ball from the corner of her goal box, but it landed on the foot of a Panthers player who then chipped it in over Garcia’s head before she was able to get back and stop it. The ball hit just inside the far post with about 25 minutes left in the first half.
Great Bend took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
It was a disappointing half for the Red Demons who had ample opportunities in the first half, and even in the second one, but were unable to turn those into scoring.
“Especially the first 10 minutes I thought we were playing really well, we just didn’t hit the target, or we shot it right at the goalkeeper,” Hernandez said. “We made the goalkeeper look really good today because we shot at her so much. If we don’t start applying what we do in practice in the games, it’s going to be a quick season for us.”
Next up for the Red Demons is a match with the Wichita South Titans next Tuesday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. That game is scheduled to take place in Dodge City’s Memorial Stadium.