Dodge City successfully finished off a year-long quest Saturday at Hummer Sports Park, capturing the Class 6A state soccer championship with a 3-0 win over Olathe East.


Dodge City coach Saul Hernandez, whose team capped a 20-0-0 season, said winning the state title became the Red Demons’ primary goal immediately after a 1-0 semifinal loss to eventual state champion Olathe West in the 2019 state tournament.


"That’s exactly what we told the boys,’’ Hernandez said. "We said, "Our next season started tonight,’ and the boys took it to heart and they worked their butts off all summer.


"They did what we asked them to do, strength and conditioning and everything, and this is a result of a lot of hard work.’’


Dodge City senior star Alan Lopez continued his postseason scoring binge with a pair of goals while senior Carlos Sanchez came up with big save after big save en route to the shutout in goal.


With the Red Demons nursing a 1-0 lead on a first-half goal from senior Erik Martinez, Sanchez completely changed the complexion of the game when he slapped away a penalty kick from East senior James Mcfarlane at the 31:16 mark of the second half.


"He changed the game,’’ Hernandez said. "They score that goal and it’s a whole different game.’’


Lopez agreed.


"Our goalie was the most valuable player today,’’ Lopez said. "He’s the one that saved us with that penalty kick and I think when he received that penalty kick he gave us the motivation to keep going and put two more in the back of the net.’’


Not wanting to brag, Sanchez reluctantly admitted that Saturday might have been the best game of his career.


"I would say so, just because I guess when they needed me I was there,’’ he said. "When I made that save (on the PK), I knew we were going to win.’’


Lopez, who had an assist on Dodge City’s first goal, put the Red Demons up 2-0 with 14:55 remaining and he made it 3-0 with 8:28 remaining off a perfect pass from freshman Aron Martinez.


The fact that Dodge City was able to post a perfect season was icing on the cake.


"We never brought it up,’’ Hernandez said about going undefeated. "We went 21-0 in 2016 and we never brought it up then, we never brought up this time, we just focused on the next game.’’


Lopez said that the Red Demons never let the pressure associated with trying to go undefeated get to them.


"Our coach always tells us that pressure is honor and the pressure that we have is not to make us nervous or anything, it’s to make us work harder and make us go further towards our dream,’’ Lopez said.


DODGE CITY 3, OLATHE EAST 0


Olathe East (13-6-0);0;0;—;0


Dodge City (20-0-0);1;2;—;3


Dodge City — Goals: Lopez 2, E. Martinez. Assists: Lopez, A. Martinez. Shutout: Sanchez.