With just a few games left in the regular season, every game is important in preparation for the post season for the Barton Community College men’s soccer team.
The Cougars took advantage of their opportunity Friday afternoon with an easy 5-0 win over Northeastern (Colorado) Junior College.
Barton rolled to a 5-0 win over the Plainsmen at the Barton Sports Complex.
The contest was the final non-conference game of the season for the Cougars and the final regular-season home contest.
Barton will finish its regular slate with Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference games at Neosho County and Pratt.
“Our guys controlled the game and were able to dictate the tempo of play,” Barton head coach Aaron Avila said. “Our opponent never really threatened our goal and we were able to keep the shutout.”
Friday, the Cougars wasted little time in getting the lead as Jaime Cox scored on corner kick header just 10 minutes into the contest. Renan Sousa put the kick in play for the assist.
Sousa made it 2-0 just five minutes later, scoring on a cross from Jiro Barriga Toyama. That is how the game stayed until halftime.
The Cougars pushed the lead to 3-0 when Matt Sherrod scored off a rebound 15 minutes into the second half.
Christopher Hogg made it 4-0 from about 40 yards out five minutes later and Barton was well on the way to the win with 30 minutes to play.
The Cougars finished off the scoring when Toyama scored on a free kick with 22 minutes to play.
Barton limited the Plainsmen to just one shot which was not on goal as the defense kept Northeastern at bay all day long.
The Cougars have just two games left on the schedule but could still make up a postponed contest with Kansas Wesleyan. As of now, the Cougars off until an Oct. 19 game at Chanute against Neosho then a trip to Pratt on Oct. 28.
Currently, Barton is sitting in second place in the Jayhawk with Neosho close behind in third.