DODGE CITY— For nearly the entire 90 minutes of action the Barton Community College women’s soccer team controlled play against Dodge City.
But it didn’t matter in the end.
Dodge City took advantage of its opportunities and Barton didn’t on the way to a 2-1 Jayhawk Conference win.
The Cougars outshot the Conquistadors nearly 2-1 but couldn’t finish their attempts with a goal. Because of that Barton lost its second straight and fell to 2-2 in the Jayhawk and 2-4 overall.
Dodge City improves to 3-1 in the conference and 5-3 overall.
“We didn’t finish our chances and gave up two easy goals,” Barton coach Aaron Avila said. “We still need to continue to work on our finishing and get better results as the season continues.”
The game was scoreless at intermission. That changed in the opening stages of the second half.
A Cougar turnover proved costly 10 minutes into the second half. Kristina Trinceri made Barton pay for the error with the game’s first goal 9:14 into the half with a cross to the back post where Cynthia Rodela put it in the net for a 1-0 Dodge lead.
The Cougars seized the momentum and evened the score at 1-all 10 minutes later when Jennifer Mendez scored on an assist from Maria Rodriguez.
It didn’t last.
Less than two minutes following the Barton goal Trinceri scored an unassisted goal to put Dodge up 2-1.
That is where the game would stay the final 25 minutes.
The Cougars will now get No. 9 Butler Wednesday at the Barton Soccer Complex in a 3 p.m. start.