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Hays shuts down Great Bend in conference action
Prep Soccer
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Great Bend High School defender Jessica Loera tries to move the ball between two Hays forwards during a Western Athletic Conference game on Friday at Cavanaugh Soccer Fields. - photo by Kevin Price Great Bend Tribune

The woes of the Great Bend High School girls’ soccer team continued on Friday evening.
The Lady Panthers lost a Western Athletic Conference game 4-0 against Hays at Cavanaugh Soccer Fields.
“I know Hays has a really good team,” Great Bend head coach Gus Prieto said. “They went to state last year, and they almost kept the same players. Our freshmen are getting a lot of good experience playing against a good team.”
Great Bend falls to 0-9 overall, 0-6 in WAC play.
Hays made it 1-0 at halftime.
The Lady Indians scored three goals in the second half, the last two on headers by Michele Linville and Lieahca Cook.
“They scored one goal on one mistake in the first half,” Gus Prieto said. “After that, you see that long shots, lucky shots and they score. Overall, we’re playing better.”
Great Bend has been hit with injuries, including senior starting forward Kenzie Sinclair, who was sidelined by a rib injury against Garden City.
Another hit was the loss of starting goalkeeper Madgiel Prieto, who tore her anterior cruciate ligament and will require season-ending surgery.
“Today, I used six freshmen on the varsity team,” Gus Prieto said. “We’re getting experience. We’re getting better, but we were missing Kenzie today.
“We were using 22 players for both JV and varsity. Hopefully, next season, we’re going to have a better, more experienced team.”
Great Bend travels to Hays on Monday for another WAC game, starting at 4 p.m.