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Barton County pulls away in the second half

Barton County pulls away in the second half

By Mike Pilosof

Garden City, KS-The last time Garden City faced off with conference-rival Barton County, the Broncbusters knocked the Cougars out of the 2016 postseason. When the two teams met again on Wednesday afternoon, it was Barton County serving up a little payback.

The Cougars broke open a 1-1 game at the half with four goals over the final 45 minutes, as No. 14 Barton County got their revenge with a 5-1 victory over Garden City at Broncbuster Stadium.

"They're (Barton County) a very good team," Broncbuster Head Coach Scott Westbrook said after the match. "I mean they're ranked for a reason, and they're on a roll right now."

The Cougars won their third straight match while at the same time snapping Garden City's two-game winning streak.

Colin Roemer got Barton County (6-1) on the board with a penalty kick in the eighth minute of the match after Filippo Reggio was tripped inside the box. But the Broncbusters responded right back, and, in the 18th minute, Remi Emeriau executed a perfect one-touch shot into the back of the net to tie it 1-1.

"Remi did a nice job there," Westbrook explained. "It was a great shot from about the 18-yard line, and he hit it right over the keepers' head."

The score stayed that way until the opening minute of the second half. Hiroo Kiumura headed a ball in on a corner kick, giving Barton County the lead for good.

In the 55th minute, Toranosuke Abe fired a long cross to Sora Wakabayashi, who booted home the Cougars third goal.

"In the second half, we got a little sloppy," Westbrook said. "That can't happen against a team like that."

Chris Camilli and Ezra Armstrong added insurance goals, and Garden City found themselves down 5-1 in the 71st minute.

"We've proven that we can play with anyone, it just a matter of finishing," Westbrook said. "And with a team like that, they convert your mistakes. I thought there was a questionable penalty call against us, but there's nothing you can do about that."

Hemir Lopez, who returned from a shoulder injury, surrendered all five goals for Garden City, who dropped to 2-5 on the year and 0-2 in conference.

Next up: Garden City travels to Hesston on Saturday for a 7 p.m. kick.