Garden City loses early lead; falls at Hesston

Garden City loses early lead; falls at Hesston

L, 3-2

By Mike Pilosof

Photo by Adam Shrimplin

Hesston, KS-If Corey Bryant just had enough girls to play.

Bit by the injury bug again, the Broncbusters played some of their most inspired soccer of the season. But they could not hold an early lead.

Kara Longenecker scored twice, including the go-ahead goal three minutes into the second half, as Hesston came from behind to beat Garden City 3-2 Wednesday night.

"We started really strong," Bryant said afterwards. "After that, the effort was just bad. It's like they stopped trying."

Ariana Sanchez broke a scoreless tie with an unassisted goal in the 31st minute. But five minutes later, the Larks grabbed the equalizer when Annalys Hanna beat goalkeeper Kaylee Keller.

"That was a bad goal to give up," Bryant explained. "It was a bad giveaway by one of our center backs."

The match remained deadlocked until Longenecker's goal in the 48th minute. She scored again nine minutes later when she rebounded Jennifer Rodriguez's shot that hit off the crossbar.  

"We came out in the second half and were back on our heals again," Bryan said. "We made two more costly mistakes in the final third of the match."

Down two goals, Garden City fought back. Crystal Ruvalcaba rolled one in in the 72nd minute. But the Broncbusters never threatened again.

Hesston's win snapped a 20-game Region VI losing streak. The Larks out shot the Broncbusters 19-18, and Keller had a season-high 10 saves.

Garden City is back in action on Saturday at Cisco, TX. Match time is set for 12 p.m.