By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
In the first soccer game ever played at Redskin Field by the boys team earlier this school year, Liberal earned a win over Great Bend.
The Lady Redskins have now etched their names in the history book as well, earning a win in their first game on the new turf over the Great Bend Lady Panthers in a 3-0 shutout.
The wind played a major factor.
Great Bend had the advantage of the wind in the first half but only managed two shots on goal. Lady Redskin Cynthia Nguyen was able to block both, and despite having the wind, Great Bend could not capitalize. By half it was 0-0.
During the 10-minute intermission, a warm, breezy day turned into a cold blustery evening. When the Lady Redskins took the ball to start the second half, the wind became more of an advantage, and it didn’t take long for Liberal to capitalize.
After moving the ball around, Katie Burnett found the ball and streaked down the center of the field toward the Great Bend goal. She slid the ball to the left of Great Bend’s Stephanie Lomas with 38:28 remaining to play in the second half for the first Liberal goal and a 1-0 lead.
Liberal continued to take advantage of the wind, keeping the ball on Great Bend’s half of the field most of the second half.
When the Lady Panthers tried to kick the ball out of their end, the ball would float back toward their own goal.
As the wind dropped the temperature, fans form both teams exited the home side shade and headed for the sun-soaked visitors bleachers.
Great Bend had a scoring opportunity in the second half, but another save by Nguyen protected the 1-0 lead.
With 13:41 to play, Crystal Tiscareno provided an insurance goal when she kicked the ball from a tough angle form the side. Lomas got a hand on the ball, but it slipped through her fingers and trickled into the goal for a 2-0 Liberal lead.
Tiscareno added a final goal with 3:12 to play.
The win gave the Lady Redskins a Western Athletic Conference victory.
Liberal (2-2) will host WAC opponent Hays at 1 p.m. Thursday.