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Broncbuster thriller; Garden City comes back to beat Dodge in overtime

Broncbuster thriller; Garden City comes back to beat Dodge in overtime

Garden City, KS-Did anyone see that coming? 

After dominating the match for most of the afternoon, Dodge City wilted under the pressure late, allowing Garden City to climb out of a 3-1 hole and win it on Love Pluviose's free kick in double overtime 4-3. 

"We just kept attacking," Head Coach Charles Long said. "I have to hand it to these girls; they never quit."

But for more than 80 minutes of the match, Dodge City (3-5, 1-4) looked to be headed to an easy win. 

Cynthia Rodella got the Lady Conqs on the board with a chip shot 17 minutes into the match. Then it was a Broncbuster error that helped Dodge City extend the margin. 

Following a Dodge City attack, Garden City's Alyssa Martinez tried to pass it back to goalie Elia Garcia. But Garcia overran it, and the ball rolled in the net for a Conquistador goal. 

"It was a mistake and very unfortunate," Long said. "But I like how we responded."

Ameilia Juarez got the Broncbusters on the board early in the second half on a rather routine play for Conquistadors' goalie Iliana Alvarado. But the ball slipped through the freshman's legs and skipped into the net, cutting Dodge City's lead to 2-1. 

The Conquistadors curbed the momentum, at least momentarily when Begona Rodriguez-Bravo angled a shot 40-yards from the right-side numbers that landed in the top, left-corner of the net, putting Dodge City up 3-1 with less than 20 minutes to go. 

"That was a great shot," Long acknowledged. "Sometimes, there's just nothing that you can do."

Despite a rather sloppy day, the Broncbusters got right back into the match in the final 10 minutes. Kelly Rameriz and Sierra Riveria scored within three minutes of each other to knot the match at 3. 

"We needed a spark, and we got it," Long said. "We took advantage of an opportunity."

Both teams blew chances to win the match in the first overtime before Pluviose squeaked one by Alvarado for the game winner in the second extra session. 

"We needed a win like this," Long said.

With the win, Garden City improved to 4-4-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play. It was only the second time this season that the Broncbusters recorded consecutive victories. 

Next up: vs. NW Tech-Wednesday, September 28 at 4 p.m.