The Barton Community College women’s soccer team picked up its first victory of the season on Tuesday by beating Hesston College 2-0.
The Cougars improve to 1-2 on the season after losing two games this past weekend. Barton will have the week off until they travel to Kansas City on Sept. 6 to take on Maple Woods, Community College (Mo.).
Barton got on the scoreboard midway through the first half as Deedra Richard found Jordan Gallacher at the top of the penalty circle. Gallacher launched the 60-foot shot over jumping Hesston goalkeeper Amber Mayer.
BCC stayed on the attack with numerous scoring opportunities, but it wasn’t until two minutes, 20 seconds left in the first half that Barton would increase its lead to two.
Gallacher, a sophomore from Murray, Utah, sent a perfectly placed pass from the right wing into the penalty box where Wichita native Bailey Avery’s header found the net.
As the turf temperature reached nearly 130 degrees, both teams weren’t able to score in the second half, and Barton hung on for the shutout victory.
“It was nice to get the result and I truly believe the team deserved it,” said Barton women’s soccer coach Shawn Uhlenhake. “They’ve had three tough matches in four days, and today their hard work paid off and was rewarded with the win. It’s a small piece of what we are trying to do, but our first win is a pretty crucial piece.”
• BCC men’s soccer team rolls to 10-0 victory
The Barton Community College men’s soccer team showed no signs of a letdown after Sunday’s victory over No. 7 Otero by dismantling Hesston College 10-0 today. The Cougars move to 3-0 on the season and have out scored their opponents 18-0. Barton will travel to Tyler, Texas this weekend to play the No. 1 and No. 9 teams in the country.
“We kept to the game plan and competed with a solid overall performance,” Barton coach Oliver Twelvetrees said. “It was a total team effort with everyone getting involved and contributing.”
Leading the Cougars was Fabio Priore with four goals. Barton had five other players score goals including freshman Ezequiel Alvarez, who made his Barton debut with one goal and two assists.
“It was great seeing Alvarez on the field for the first time this year and having a solid game,” Twelvetrees said. “I also thought Priore obviously had a good day along with Nestor Morales. Overall, each of the boys played solid and contributed to the win. It should prepare us well for this weekend’s tough games in Texas.”
Also scoring for the Cougars were Jonson Shaad, Diogo Quirino, Andre Souza, and Morales. Souza, whose 90-foot free kick rounded out the first half scoring, netted two goals on the day. Overall, Barton outshot Hesston 25-1 and dished out nine assists by eight different players.
Vinicius Braga was named the Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday. The sophomore from Sao Paulo, Brazil scored the game-winning goal Sunday against No. 7 Otero. He also helped anchor a tough defense to two shutout victories over the weekend which included only five shots on goal.