Garden City's girls soccer team lived to its mascot's name by rolling past the Great Bend Panthers 7-2 in Tuesday's Western Athletic Conference soccer game.
The Buffaloes stampeded the Panthers with seven consecutive goals for a 7-0 lead midway through the second half. Garden City (7-1-3, 4-0-1 WAC) leads the league while Great Bend (1-7, 0-6 WAC) is searching for its first league victory. The Panthers travel to Nickerson (3-4) Thursday.
Garden City's terrific duo of Noeli Munoz and Ivanee Medrano each scored a pair of goals as five Buffaloes converted goals. The Buffaloes passed to open spaces and used a physical style to overpower the Panthers.
The Panthers outplayed the Buffaloes in the final minutes. The extra effort paid dividends as high-scoring Mayra Ramirez (6:18) and Yulisa Sanchez (0:46) converted goals in the final seven minutes. Great Bend coach Margarita Ayala liked the way the Panthers finished the game.
"We started attacking," said Great Bend coach Ayala. "We tell the girls the same thing for 80 minutes. The last part of the second half, we started attacking. It's on our team to play that way."
Garden City led 4-0 at halftime, keyed by a 25-mph south wind. Medrano scored the first goal at the 33-minute mark. After Elyssa Salazar scored (20:48), Panther goalie Casandra Enriquez was backed by solid play by backline defenders Briana Perez, Rylee Avon and Mikyla Meza. Garden City's pressure converted two more goals by Noeli Munoz (3:36) and a final-minute goal by Medrano (0:16).
The Buffaloes Haily Enrquez (30:20), Anahi Castillo (29:08) and Munoz (25:32) scored off a perfect corner kick by Elyssa Salazar for a 7-0 lead. The Panthers dictated the tempo in the final 20 minutes, helped by a friendly south wind.