EMPORIA — Emporia’s high-scoring Kadin Stinson scored the tying and winning goals for a 2-1 overtime soccer victory over Great Bend High School Monday. Stinson has scored seven goals, including three game-winners.
Tamia Victor fed a pass to Stinson for the game-winner, coming with 52 seconds left in the first overtime.
“We played well overall, but definitely saw things we need to improve and work on,” said Great Bend coach Elisabeth Gafford. “The game was very hard, physical, and tough. We learned a lot because of it. Our trip to Emporia was a long one but we handled it just fine.”
Great Bend led 1-0 on Araceli Delgadillo’s goal.
“Mayra Ramirez played a beautiful through ball to Araceli Delgadillo who ran onto the ball for a 1-on-1 with the goalie,” Gafford said. “She took a dribble and placed it in the corner.”
Stinson’s first goal started the second half for a 1-1 tie. Emporia (3-2) has played four overtime games.
Gafford said Emporia came out aggressive in the second half and scored in the first minute. The second half continued to be a hard battle with missed opportunities and great saves. “In the overtime, both teams continued to be physical and fought hard for possession,” she said. “With a minute left in the first overtime our defense broke down leaving the backside wide open. Their forward received the cross and put the ball into the open net ending the game.”
Great Bend’s scheduled soccer game against Liberal Tuesday at home was postponed to a later date. Great Bend (1-1) travels to Garden City Thursday for a Western Athletic Conference game. The Panthers return home April 10 for a WAC game against Dodge City, a change from the original schedule.
GREAT BEND 9, WICHITA INDEPENDENT 1 — Ninth-grader Maya Ramirez scored five goals and Melanie Garcia and Diana Quuiroz each scored two goals in the Panthers’ opening 9-1 victory over Wichita Independent.
SPARTANS 2, PANTHERS 1
GB 1 0 0 – 1
EHS 0 1 1 — 2
GB—Araceli Delgadillo (assist, Mayra Ramirez); E—Kadin Stinson; E—Stinson (assist, Tania Victor)