BY JIM MISUNAS
Late in Monday’s soccer showdown, Great Bend Panther Sage Simon bravely stole the soccer ball from Dodge City physical standout Alisia Astorga Solis.
It marked one of the few times the Panthers were able to slow down Dodge City’s Solis, a powerful physical attacker who displayed a rocket shot. Solis scored three goals and assisted on a fourth goal to spark the Red Demons past Great Bend 6-0 in Monday’s Western Athletic Conference soccer game at Cavanaugh Field.
Great Bend Panther goalie Cassandra Enriquez played brilliantly and prevented several goals. Panther defenders Katria Kindscher and Betsy Ramirez Hernandez both prevented goals with highlight defensive plays.
Kindscher deflected a rocket shot off her body in front of the Panthers’ goal (25:00). Hernandez blocked a Red Demon shot that saved a goal at the 42:10 mark.
But Solis and her teamates were a tall challenge for the Panthers to control. The Red Demons (3-4, 2-0 WAC) would attack from the outside and eventually center the ball to the middle for scoring chances.
Solis scored her first goal (1:36) on a defensive breakdown on a pass by Andrea Vargas Soto. Solis hit the post on back-to-back shots that Vanessa Millan (22:11) converted for a 2-0 halftime lead.
Offensive opportunities for Great Bend (0-5, 0-3 WAC) were created by hard-working Yulisa Valdez, who shot on goal several times against Dodge City’s Ariana DeLaRosa.
Dodge City converted four second-half goals. Solis scored on an Abi Gallegos assist (53:14) that ignited three goals in six minutes. Jeuly Dean fed a pass to Emily Alonso (55:20) and Solis converted an easy goal (59:46) when goalie Enriquez was unable to secure the ball. Yessica Dozal led a pass to Alonso for the sixth goal (75:06).
Dodge City (3-4) 2 4 — 6
Great Bend (0-5) 0 0 — 0
FIRST HALF—DC—Alisia Astorga Solis, assist Andrea Vargas Soto, 1:36; DC—Vanessa Millan, assist Solis, 22:11
SECOND HALF—DC—Solis, assist Abi Gallegos, 53:14; DC—Emily Alonso, assist Jeuly Dean, 55:20; DC—Solis, assist Gallegos, 59:46; DC—Alonso, assist Yessica Dozal, 75:06
GOALIES—DC—Ariana DeLaRosa; GB—Cassandra Enriquez
WAC GIRLS SOCCER
Hays High 2-0 4-2
Dodge City 2-1 3-4
Liberal 2-2 2-2
Garden City 1-1 3-3
Great Bend 0-3 0-5
THURSDAY—*Garden City 5, Great Bend 0; *Hays High 3, Liberal 2; Hays-TMP 2, Dodge City 1
MONDAY—*Dodge City 5, Great Bend 0; Hays High 3, Junction City 0
TUESDAY—*Hays High at Great Bend