By Mike Pilosof
Great Bend, Ks-The Broncbuster defense gave them a chance against one of the best teams in the country. But No. 8 Barton scored a goal late in both halves to beat Garden City 2-0 Saturday afternoon.
Garden City stayed with the unbeaten Cougars for a majority of the match. But their offense was limited, netting just one shot on goal in 90 minutes and were out shot 20-2.
Barton missed out on several scoring chances in the first half. In the 10th minute, Gabrielle Privitera's penalty kick deflected off the post. But the Cougars finally struck gold with less than a minute to go before the intermission. Valdyslav Peretyatko finished off a nifty combination from Kai Ishimaru and Sebastian Kennedy to put Barton up 1-0.
In the second half, the Broncbusters kept Barton in check until the final minute of the match when Lapo Carradori scored his first collegiate goal as he beat Gabriel Melo.
Melo recorded six saves, while Barton had seven corner kicks to Garden City's 0.
The Broncbusters return home on Wednesday to face Pratt. Match time is 6:30 p.m.