Garden City, KS-In a season full of ups and downs, nothing could have made Garden City feel better than a win over their rivals to the east.
And it was only fitting that two local guys got the party started.
Former Garden City Buffalo teammates Gilberto Tovar and David Amaro scored in the first half before the Broncbusters blew it open during the final 45 minutes en route to a 6-0 shutout victory over rival Dodge City Saturday night at home.
"This one feels so much bigger than when we were in high school," Tovar said afterwards. "But this rivalry goes all the way back to when we were playing in the recreational leagues. It's very sweet."
What was even sweeter was that Tovar had a hand in two out of the first three scores for Garden City.
His first contribution came 18 minutes into the match when his goal gave Garden City a 1-0 lead. Then, following Amaro's penalty kick that made it 2-0 at the 26:17 mark, Tovar struck again. This time he was the distributor, delivering a perfect pass to Alexis Lopez who finished inside the box to give the Broncbusters a 3-0 advantage in the 71st minute.
"We've given up way too many goals this season," Head Coach Charles Long explained. "But tonight, the guys settled in. We weren't as strong in the midfield as I would have liked, but our defense was outstanding."
It was Garden City's (8-5, 2-3) second shutout in their last three matches.
The final 15 minutes might have been some of the best soccer Garden City has played all season.
The Broncbusters scored three goals during that span; Marcos Fernandez, Maury Avalos and Rodrigo De Castro all found the back of the net, giving the Broncbusters their second-most, lopsided victory since the program was resurrected in 2015.
"We still have to get better," said Coach Long, who had a big smile on his face after his players carried him off of the field. "But we are progressively getting better. That's the important thing."
With the loss, Dodge City dropped to 0-6-2 on the season.
Next up: Garden CIty vs. NW Tech-Wednesday, September 28-6 p.m. at Broncbuster Stadium