DODGE CITY— It took a big second half but that proved enough for the Barton Community College men’s soccer team Saturday night in Dodge City.
The Cougars never trailed in a 4-1 win over Dodge but couldn’t shake the Conquistadors until midway through the final half.
The win kept Barton one game back of the Jayhawk Conference lead with a 3-1 conference mark. Barton is 8-1 overall. Dodge City is still winless in the Jayhawk at 0-4. The Conquistadors are 3-4-2 overall.
“We finished our chances and took advantage of their mistakes,” coach Aaron Avila said. “It was a very close game and we were able to pull away late in the second half. It was a good win on the road.”
Barton led 1-0 at intermission on the strength of a Lucas Alves free kick from 30 yards out.
Sophomore standout Renan Sousa made it 2-0 less than 10 minutes into the second half with a one-touch off a through ball from Sergio Ribeiro.
Dodge City kept things interesting with its own goal one minute later.
The game stayed 2-1 in favor of Barton for the next 13 minutes.
Barton gave itself some cushion on Alves’ second goal of the game with 24 minutes to play. This time it was a penalty kick from Alves that gave the Cougars their two goal advantage.
Juan Barron ended any hopes of a Dodge City comeback with another Cougar goal with 20 minutes to play.
Barron took a Jiro Barriga Toyama through ball and drilled it into the net for a 4-1 lead.
Barton will now get a week off before hosting Neosho County Saturday in a 3 p.m. kick at the Barton Soccer Complex.