Garden City scores overtime win over Pratt

Garden City scores overtime win over Pratt

W, 2-1

By Mike Pilosof

Pratt, KS-Garden City needed an offensive boost. They got it on Saturday.

Abdoulaye Agyen and Leonardo Marini found the back of the net, and the Broncbusters ended a three-match scoreless streak with a 2-1, overtime victory over Pratt.

"The men started really strong, putting a lot of pressure on Pratt's backline," Head Coach Corey Bryant said.

The Broncbusters broke through when Agyen converted a penalty kick in the 19th minute of the first half. But from that point on, there were several missed opportunities. They had seven shots in the first half, but netted just one score, taking a 1-0 advantage into the locker room.

"We totally abandoned the game plan at one point," Bryant explained. "But overtime was a different story."

The only reason the match was extended was thanks to Pratt, which scored the equalizer with less than five minutes remaining.

"Down the stretch, I just felt like eventually we were going to break," Bryant said. "But give our guys credit, they responded."

Then, in the final minute of the first overtime period, the Broncbusters put the match away. Lucas Martins led Marini beautifully, and the freshman delivered, rolling the ball past goalkeeper Clayton Scott for the game winner. It was his only shot attempt of the game.

Gabriel Melo was fantastic for the Broncbusters, recording five saves in 99 minutes. Garden City out shot Pratt 14-11. 

Next up: Garden City at Western Texas on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.