Cougars blanked on Sunday
GREAT BEND, Kan. -- The Western Nebraska Community College men's and women's soccer teams were shut out in contests Sunday against Barton County Community College.
The women, after opening the season on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Pratt Community College, opened up a tight match late by running to the 4-0 win. The Cougar men fell behind in the first half to the Barton Cougars and never got untracked in falling 6-0 in temperatures that reached above 102 degrees on the artificial turf.
The Cougar women played a strong first half against Barton as each team entered halftime tied at 0-0. Both teams continued playing well to start the second half before Barton finally broke the scoring drought with a goal by Mariana Poveda in the 62nd minutes.
Barton recorded its second goal nine minutes later as Bianca Barron scored to put the Cougars up 2-0. Barton added two more goals, the first coming in the 81st minute off a goal by Katelyn James and then in the 86th minute off a goal by Emily Troll.
Barton outshot the Cougars 18-5 with eight being on goal. Most of Barton's shots came in the second half, where they had 15 shots. Ari Herrera, who had the winning goal on Saturday, led WNCC with two shots toward the goal.
Katie Peterson recorded four saves in net for the Cougars. Barton also had a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks.
The men's game was a heated battle and it wasn't just the sizzling temperatures. The two squads combined for 26 shots as well as six yellow cards.
Neither team could find the back of the net early on until Barton's Mariano Gelso found the net with 21 minutes gone in the game. Barton went up 2-0 with a goal at the 36th minute by Jovanny Bonilla. That is where it stood at halftime.
Barton added a third goal 15 minutes into the second half as Diogo Quirino scored for the 3-0 lead. The Barton Cougars finished off the scoring with three goals in an eight minute time spam. Ebu Carnara had back-to-back goals in the 81st and the 87th minutes.
Sam McCrillis finished off the scoring by finding the back of the net in the final minute of the game.
Barton outshot the Cougars 18-8, including 10 on goal. WNCC was led by Adhemar Lino's two shots.
Joey Rasnic took the loss in net for Barton, making four saves. Barton also held a 7-4 corner kick advantage.
The Cougar men and women will be back in action Saturday when they host Northwest Kansas Technical College at the Landers Soccer Complex. The women kick off at 1 p.m. followed by the men at 3 p.m.
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