A goal from sophomore Mario Martinez was the difference in the Dodge City boys soccer team’s conference opener against Liberal on Tuesday. With 29:36 to go in the second half, Martinez, who had the wind at his back, took a shot from outside of the box that beat Liberal’s goalkeeper. The goal would be all the Red Demons would need to take the 1-0 win.
“I got the ball and looked up to goal, I usually check the far post, and I shot and luckily it went in,” Martinez said.
It was a frustrating first half for Dodge City. There was no shortage of chances but with the wind in their face, finding the back of the net was not an easy task.
“We weren’t doing the little things right to get the shots on goal but in the second half we fixed it a little bit,” head coach Saul Hernandez said. “With the wind to our back I think we felt more confident. There were little things that we can work on and fix before the end of the season.”
Tuesday’s game was the third time the Red Demons (4-1, 1-0) have shut out a team this season.