HAYS — Injuries struck again for the Great Bend High School girls’ soccer team.
The Lady Panthers fell 2-0 at Hays on Tuesday.
“It’s the same problem,” GBHS head coach Gus Prieto said. “We just have too many injuries. We had another player injured after (Monday’s) game against Dodge City, so we had 14 players on varsity.”
Isela Ochoa, a junior midfielder for Great Bend, hit the ground hard during the final minutes of regulation in the 3-2 overtime loss to Dodge City. She returned to play in the overtime periods, but it was found later that she had broken her wrist.
Against Hays, Great Bend was able to hold a 0-0 tie into the final five minutes of the Western Athletic Conference game.
“They didn’t score their first goal until the last five minutes of the game,” Prieto said. “We played hard today. It’s just they played 98 minutes (on Monday) and we don’t have a lot of players left on varsity (for substitutions).
“It’s hard to play that hard for that long. It is too much.”
Great Bend did have one solid chance to score with seven minutes remaining.
“Just two minutes before they scored, we had a really good chance to score a goal,” Prieto said. “Kenzie Sinclair got the ball inside one-on-one with the keeper, but her shot went too high.
“We had some other chances, but they were from far away.”
The Lady Panthers (1-4-2 overall, 0-3-1 WAC) won’t get much time off as they host Liberal on Thursday at 4 p.m.
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