It has been a rough start to the Western Athletic Conference season for the Great Bend High School girls’ soccer team.
Garden City beat the Lady Panthers 3-1 on Thursday at Cavanaugh Field.
The Lady Buffaloes went up 2-0 in the first half, and Great Bend, which has been riddled with injuries, couldn’t find the back of the net until five minutes remained in the game.
“We had some chances to score,” GBHS head coach Gus Prieto said. “We just couldn’t do it. They went up with two goals in the first half, and then they scored another in the second half.”
Kenzie Sinclair, who is playing forward for the first time to fill in for injured players, scored the lone goal for Great Bend.
“Sinclair has always played defender,” Prieto said. “We lost one forward, Summer Bates, in the first game. She’s done for the season. We lost another forward, Jessica Loera, in the second game. She’ll be back hopefully next week. We have to have players playing new positions to fill in. We have a midfielder playing the other forward position right now.
“Sinclair is doing a good job, but she needs some more experience.”
The Lady Panthers have five players working through injuries right now.
Great Bend falls to 1-2-2 overall this season, 0-1-1 in the WAC.
The Lady Panthers are back in action on Monday at home against Dodge City. The junior varsity game begins at 4 p.m. with the varsity following it.
— Kevin Price