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Panthers ease past Wichita Heights
High School Soccer
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Great Bend High Schools Carlos Prado, right, fights with Wichita Heights Dylan Jensen for a loose ball on Thursday evening at Cavanaugh Fields. - photo by DALE HOGG Great Bend Tribune

The Great Bend High School boys’ soccer team cruised to a 4-1 win over Wichita Height on Thursday evening at Cavanaugh Fields.
The Panthers improve to 5-9 on the season.
“It was a good game, especially the way we played,” GBHS head coach Gus Prieto said. “We played more as a team. We played a little slow today, but we played as a team. I’m happy to see that.”
The Panthers jumped ahead early, leading 2-0 at halftime.
Rafael Arias punched in the first goal for Great Bend on a penalty kick.
Michael Prieto had the ball inside the penalty box, and a Heights defender was called for a foul, leading to Arias’ goal.
Joaquin Garcia found the back of the net to give Great Bend it’s 2-0 lead, taking a shot from 18 yards out.
Michael Cuevas narrowed the gap to 2-1 for Heights on an assist from Mastan Inchekel.
Great Bend’s Michael Prieto scored next, getting a long cross pass from Angel Aranda.
“We’ve been doing something different,” Gus Prieto said. “We’ve been practicing a lot on crossing. We can go deep, and pass the ball side to side.
“We’re trying to add some new ways to get some chances to score, so we can be a better team.”
Arias got a pass inside the box to Aranda, who buried the ball in the net for the Panthers in the final minutes of the game.
Great Bend plays host to Liberal on Monday for its final Western Athletic Conference game of the season, starting at 4 p.m. The Panthers are 2-5 in the WAC.