Once the dam broke, the Barton Community College women’s soccer team scored four unanswered goals against Western Nebraska.
Barton advanced to 2-1 on the young with a 4-0 shutout at the soccer and track complex.
“We definitely played better this game,” Barton head coach Aaron Avila said. “We’re a young team, but we were able to improve on everything. We moved some players around this game and they played well, so that’s kind of getting us ready for the (Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference) season, which is getting ready to start.
“That’s the main thing, just getting everybody ready to play.”
Freshman midfielder Mariana Poveda broke the scoreless tie with 27:52 remaining in the game. She got the ball inside the box after a corner kick and buried the ball in the net.
Bianca Barron scored nine minutes later on a sliding shot over the Western Nebraska goalkeeper.
Katelyn James got a loose ball inside the box and found the back of the net with 8:53 remaining.
Emily Troll scored the final goal after a corner kick sailed into the box.
“We came out slow in the first half, which you expect from a young team,” Avila said. “I talked with them at half, and we came out and did a better job. We ended up with four goals in the second half from four different players.
“We had assists from four different players, so we had more movement up top, and everybody was involved.”
Barton starts the KJCCC schedule on Wednesday afternoon. It plays Dodge City at 2 p.m. at home.