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Three Second-Half Goals Power Dragons Past Busters


By Hutchinson CC Sports Information


HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Tied at halftime with the Garden City Broncbusters, the No. 13-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team produced its first multi-goal half in three weeks to earn a Jayhawk Conference victory on Wednesday at the Salthawk Soccer Complex.

Freshman Katharina Marx scored a pair of goals and had a five-point game to lead the Blue Dragons to a 4-1 victory over the Broncbusters.

The Blue Dragons improved to 8-1-3 overall and 5-1-3 (18 points) in the Jayhawk Conference. Garden City is now 5-5-3 overall and 1-5-3 (6 points) in the KJCCC. The Blue Dragons are 1-0-1 against Garden City this season and 31-0-1 all-time against the Busters.

The three goal second half was the first time the Blue Dragons scored more than one goal in a single game since a two-goal second half in a 4-1 victory over Coffeyville on September 9.

Sophomore Adriana Delgado had a goal and an assist for the Blue Dragons. Kaitlyn Edwards also had a goal, while Jayda Wyatt and Abigahil Gallegos had assists.

The Blue Dragons out-hit 13-9, including 10-5 in shots on goal.

Blue Dragon freshman goalkeeper Karsyn Slothower had four saves.

Hutchinson scored the game’s first goal when Wyatt played a perfect long pass into the right side of the penalty box. Marx chased it down and drew Garden City goalkeeper Karime Silva out and guided a shot to Silva’s right and into the goal for a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute.

Garden City tied the game when Jessica Newton took a free kick from just outside the penalty box. The shot deflected straight down off the crossbar and was deemed all the way across the goal line for a Buster game-tying goal in the 34th minute.

Seven minutes into the second half, the Blue Dragons were awarded one of their 10 corner kicks. Delgado sent a perfect corner into the box that Edwards headed into the goal for a 2-1 lead. The goal, her eighth of the season, snapped a five-game streak with a goal for Edwards, who was credited with her second game-winning goal.

The Blue Dragons made it 3-1 when Delgado scored her 12th goal of the season after hammering how a deflected shot from Marx int the goal in the 80th minute.

The Dragons got Garden City off-guard on their final goal. After a Garden City clearing attempt, Gallegos played a long ball into open space right of the goal and Marx scored her second of the game and ninth of the season for a 4-1 lead in the 84th minute.