Araceli Delgadillo scored two goals late in the second half to help the Great Bend girls soccer team end the regular season on a positive note in a 6-0 victory over visiting Junction City Thursday.
“This was such a great way to end a challenging regular season,” said coach Gus Prieto. “The girls came out focused and determined and hopefully that determination will help us at next week’s regional.”
A pass from Jessica Loera at the 1:18 minute, first half, set up a potential goal for Monica Hernandez but a collision with an opposing player resulted in a season-ending broken ankle for the Panther junior. The loose ball was recovered quickly by sophomore Keely Ireland who punched it in for the score to give the home team a 1-0 lead. The Panthers converted their second goal late in the half as Loera nailed a penalty kick giving Great Bend a 2-0 advantage heading to intermission.
The Panthers came out swinging early in the second period as Griffith passed to Ireland for a converted long kick. Another long range shot by Melanie Garcia just three minutes later put Great Bend up 4-0.
Delgadillo’s first goal came around the 15:00 mark as she dribbled around two defenders and scored from 20 yards away. She then nailed the final shot of the afternoon on a pass by Kaily Griffith with just under 10 minutes remaining as the Panthers went ahead to post the 6-0 win.
Great Bend wraps up regular season play at 4-11-1 and will face host Maize South in regional competition either Monday or Tuesday with a start time to be determined.