Reyes scores two in revenge win over Titans
By Timothy Everson
After getting shut-out against Wichita-South in the Titan Classic just a week ago, the Lady Demon soccer team got revenge by way of a 2-1 win on Friday.
“We had lost to this team a week ago and the girls wanted a little bit of revenge,” Hernandez said. “They played harder today than they did the last time out against them.”
The win pushed Dodge City’s record to 3-2-1 on the season.
The game marked the second in two days as the Lady Demon’s Thursday match with Hays-Thomas Moore Prep-Marian ended in a tie.
“Yesterday I made a lot more subs than I usually do,” Hernandez said. “Today as well, I made a lot more subs. It gets a lot more girls in and they’re putting in a lot of good minutes.”
Leading the way for Dodge City was junior Mariyah Reyes who scored both of the Lady Demons’ goals.
“We missed her yesterday,” Hernandez said of Reyes. “And she came back today and she was hungry.”
Reyes grabbed her first off an assist from junior
goalkeeper Angie Ojeda with 24 minutes left in the first half.
Reyes struck again with 28 minutes and 30 seconds remaining in the second half, scoring off of an assist from senior Pamela Rosales.
Defensively, Dodge City was solid, shutting the Titans out in the first half when they had the wind at their backs and holding them to just four shots on goal in the second half.
“On windy days like this we change our tactics going into and against the wind,” Hernandez said. “We have to adjust. The team with the wind at their back will have the ball more at the opposite end and we adjusted to that and it worked out.”
With 20 minutes to play in the second half, Wichita-South senior Kayla Beaver nailed a shot from the left side passed Ojeda end the shutout bid.
Even with the goal, Hernandez was pleased with Ojeda’s play.
“She came off the line well on a couple of her saves but on the goal there was nothing she could do,” Hernandez said. “That was a strike.”
The win makes three in- a-row that were either a win or a tie for the Lady Demons after dropping their second and third
matches of the season.
“We’re starting to click,” Hernandez said. “Going into conference play we’re going to have to do the smaller things more consistently.”
Conference play starts on Monday as Dodge City welcome Great Bend.