Hutchinson CC Sports Information
After Dodge City scored the game-tying goal in the 55 minute on Wednesday, the Hutchinson Community College women's soccer team responded as head coach Sammy Lane hoped it would.
For more than 70 minutes the Blue Dragons weren't able to create any consistent scoring chances against the Conquistadors. That all changed when freshman Addi White delivered.
White's goal in the 77th minute proved to be the game-winner as Hutchinson remained unbeaten with a 3-1 victory over Dodge City on Wednesday at the Salthawk Sports Complex.
The Blue Dragons improve to 6-0-1 overall (4-0-1, 13 points in the Jayhawk West). The victory also moved Blue Dragon head coach Sammy Lane within one victory of 200 for his Blue Dragon career.
Hutchinson won its 17th consecutive game over Dodge City and is now 18-1 overall. Dodge's only win came in 2005.
With a gusty south wind of 15 to 20 mph also playing into the outcome Wednesday, the Blue Dragons played with the wind in the first half.
Hutch was only able to come away with one goal in the first 45 minutes. Freshman Ashley Venegas took a Naomi Waithira pass and used her speed to pull away from Dodge defenders, cross over to her left foot and finish in the lower right corner for her fifth goal of the season for a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute.
Hutch out-shot Dodge City 12-0 in the first half, but led only 1-0 at intermission.
Dodge City was able to tie the game when the Conquistadors hit a corner from the left side. The Conqs were unable to get an initial shot and the Dragons were unable to clear and Liliana Vasquez hammered a high shot into the back of the net to tie the score at 1-all with 39:36 to play in the second half.
Playing no less than eight people back, Dodge City continued to knock down almost every Dragon offensive run. That all changed in the 77th minute when Waithira filtered a pass through to White, who was able to beat Dodge goalkeeper Alexis McKinnon for the go-ahead goal with 13:49 to play. The goal was White's fourth of the season.
The Dragons scored an insurance goal with less than 5 minutes remaining when Kaitlyn Sabala took a White pass and softly chipped her shot over McKinnon's head for a 3-1 lead. White and Cameron Rodriguez were both credited with assists.
White finished with a goal and an assist. Waithira had her second-straight two-assist game.
Hutchinson outshot Dodge City 18-3 overall.
Blue Dragon keeper Taylor Camp earned her fifth win of the season to improve to 5-0-1.
Hutchinson travels to Pratt for a 3 p.m. Jayhawk West game on Saturday.