Liberal grabs share of WAC title
Tuesday, 19 October 2010 12:28
By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
No matter what happens in Dodge City Thursday, the Liberal Redskins have guaranteed themselves no worse than a share of the Western Athletic Conference soccer title. The Redskins earned another WAC banner by defeating Great Bend 7-0 Monday at Redskin Field.
Liberal has a one-game lead over Dodge City since the Redskins won the match-up earlier this season.
“We don’t like sharing,” Lori Navarro said after beating Dodge City earlier in the season. “I told the guys that we needed to win the first one against them.”
Liberal spent most of Monday’s game against the Panthers near the Great Bend goal, even when the Redskins were facing a stiff wind.
Isai Gutierrez started the scoring frenzy when he received a pass from Hector Mata and had a one-on-one with Panther goalie Ramon Garcia. Gutierrez side-stepped Garcia and booted the ball into the open net for a 1-0 lead.
Gutierrez scored his second of four goals 10 minutes later off a pass from Joe Peña on the left side of the Panther goal. Gutierrez kicked the ball across the front of the goal with his left foot by a diving Garcia, and the ball crossed the line and hit the inside right of the net for a 2-0 Liberal lead.
Joe Guerrero scored Liberal’s third goal when he received a pass from Jose Flores and slid between two Panther defenders in the box and then sent a shot to the back of the net for a 3-0 lead.
Liberal scored one more first-half goal against the wind, and it was a first-half hat trick for Gutierrez. Liberal took two point-blank shots in front of the goal only to have them deflected by Panther defenders before Gutierrez kicked the loose ball by Garcia for his third goal of the night and a 4-0 Redskin lead.
Liberal had the wind to their backs in the second half, but several shots sailed wide right of the goal until Christian Espinoza was in the right place at the right time when a hard shot at Garcia was deflected by the Panther goalie right to Espinoza who kicked the ball into the net for a 5-0 lead.
Gutierrez then scored his fourth goal by faking out a Panther defender who fell to the turf leaving a one-on-one with Garcia. Gutierrez easily placed the ball past Garcia for a 6-0 Redskin lead.
Jorge Ponce finished the scoring for the Redskins after a direct kick from 30 yards out deflected off a Panther defender near the goal and Ponce headed the ball in for the 7-0 final.
The second-ranked Redskins will travel to Dodge City for the final Western Athletic Conference game of the season Thursday.