The Dodge City Red Demons girls soccer team saw its season end Tuesday night with a 4-0 loss to the Garden City Buffaloes in Garden City.
Buffaloes freshman Ivanee Medrano was injured in the first minute, causing a stoppage in play of over 10 minutes, and lightning rolled in with just over three minutes left in the first half, causing a delay that lasted over two hours.
Neither delay slowed the Buffaloes much, as they dominated offensive throughout, limiting the Red Demons to almost zero offensive chances near the Buffs' net.
Senior Elyssa Salazar, sophomore Anahi Castillo, junior Haily Enriquez and junior Nateara Beasley had the game's goals for the Buffaloes.
"We told the girls we didn't have any pressure today, that they just needed to play their game, and I didn't see full effort from everybody," Red Demon head coach Saul Hernandez said. "I don't know if the injury at the beginning threw them off, and the delay, but I mean both teams went through it. So I don't understand why we came out so flat having played such good soccer the last three games."
Hernandez said it hurt to lose.
"It hurts because it's the seniors' last game, and the season's over, but the girls have got to understand they've got to put in the work in the summer," Hernandez said. "Last year, we had 10 girls, tops, go to the summer stuff, and it showed. The boys: We had 40, and it showed based on our record."
The girls team finished 4-12-2 overall this season. The boys team finished last season 16-3 overall.
"There's a correlation and they need to understand that they can't just be good soccer players just during soccer season," Hernandez said. "They need to be working (at) it year round."
Looking back at the season, Hernandez said he thought the team started to get into a rhythm toward the end of the season, but in Monday's 2-0 play-in game win against Wichita West they showed a lack of energy, something he didn't want to carry over into Tuesday's game against Garden, but that did.
There were some little mental mistakes, like letting the ball bounce inside the 18-yard line about three times despite having chances to clear it, that need to get fixed moving forward, Hernandez said.
"Next year, it's going to be a new group. It might not be the same varsity people that we had tonight even though they might think they have that in the bag already, "Hernandez said. "I'm looking forward to seeing who can make a breakthrough, who wants it, so we can have more success next year."