HESSTON — The match lasted just 45 minutes due to the weather. During those 45 minutes, however, the Barton Community College men’s soccer team left no doubt to the outcome.
Barton dominated the opening half, putting four goals on the board for the 4-0 lead when the game was called at halftime due to the thunderstorms rolling through the area.
“It was only one half for us due to the weather, but it was a good half,” Barton head coach Aaron Avila said. “Hopefully we can carry that half into this weekend’s conference contest.”
The Cougars scored early and often in the win.
Barton freshman Renan Sousa started the scoring as the Brazilian put a penalty kick in goal in the games’ eighth minute.
Barton would never look back.
Matt Sherrod took care of the next two goals. The Maize High freshman scored 11 minutes into the game off a rebound, beating Hesston goalkeeper Oliver Wisseman low to the far post.
Sherrod scored his second goal four minutes later on an assist from Great Bend sophomore Jose Mijares and the Cougars were already comfortably on top 3-0 just 15 minutes into the contest.
Barton would add its final goal in the final minutes.
Nicolas Bernal did the honors this time. Bernal took a pass from Great Bend sophomore Enrique Guyton behind the Hesston defense and beat Wisseman for the final goal of the game and his first goal of the season.
As the final score showed, Barton dominated the game.
The Cougars got off 11 shots, putting all 11 on goal and scoring four times. Barton also had four corner kicks. Hesston had zero in all of those categories and the Barton defense smothered the Larks offensive efforts.
Barton evened its record at 3-3-3 while Hesston fell to 0-9.
The Cougars will be back in action Sunday when Cloud County comes to Great Bend for a big Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference tilt.
Barton is currently 2-1-2 in the Jayhawk Conference while Cloud sits near the top a 3-1-1. Coffeyville remains the only unbeaten team in the conference at 3-0. Kick is set for 4 pm.