Facing ranked teams has been common for the Barton Community College women’s soccer team this season. Too common.
Wednesday was the third time this season the Cougars lined up with a Top 10 foe. The results have been the same – an “L” in the loss column.
Butler Community College, ranked No. 9, wasted little time jumping in front and cruised to a 6-0 win over Barton at the Cougar Soccer Complex.
“We are still struggling with the same issues,” Barton coach Aaron Avila said. “We show improvement every week but not enough to make a big impact in games against teams like Butler.”
The loss was the third straight in the Jayhawk Conference for the Cougars. Barton is now 2-3 in the Jayhawk and 2-5 overall. Four of the losses have been to Top 20 teams.
Butler remains unbeaten in the conference at 6-0 and 10-2 overall. The lone other unbeaten is Johnson at 5-0. Barton is in a tie for sixth in the conference.
Butler scored 11 minutes into the game to get a lead it would not lose. The Grizzlies added three goals in the final 11 minutes of the half to build a 5-0 halftime lead on the Cougars.
“They took advantage of our mistakes and we were not able to do the same,” Avila said.
Butler added a sixth goal early in the second half for the final.
The Grizzlies were in control of the match throughout as Barton put just three shots on goal in the contest. Butler put eight on goal in the opening half alone.
Barton will look to shake free from the short losing skid with a home game Saturday against Neosho County. Neosho will come to the Cougars Soccer Complex winless. The Panthers are 0-9 on the season and 0-4 in the Jayhawk Conference.