A rainbow streams across the sky east of Redskin Field Thursday during a lightning delay. Once the game started, the Lady Redskins used a stout defense to give the Lady redskins a 2-0 shutout win over Great Bend. L&T photo/Heather Watt
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Only a lightning delay could slow down the Lady Redskins Thursday in their home opener against Western Athletic Conference foe Great Bend.
The Lady Redskins came back from the delay to knock off the Lady Panthers 2-0 and moved to 4-4 on the season, 2-2 in the WAC.
Liberal scored early in the first half after Kayla Gokey was fouled neat the Lady Panther goal and converted a penalty kick for a 1-0 lead.
“We had several more opportunities in the first half, but we couldn’t put it away,” Liberal head coach Carlos Ruiz said.
But as quickly as the Lady Redskins started the first half, they did even better in the second.
Johaly Portillo only needed 30 seconds of the second half to finish off a set play with a goal that gave the Lady Redskins a 2-0 lead.
“We kept our momentum the remainder of the game and still had more chances at the goal,” Ruiz said.
Liberal was more aggressive throughout, taking seven shots on goal to only one for Great Bend.
“Despite having a couple of key players out with injury, our team showed some very great things,” Ruiz said. “I think this was our best and most balanced game we have played all season. The girls battled all game and were very physical. Our back three and goalkeeper played extremely well and composed for the full 80 minutes. Our midfield players came together and our forwards made the little things happen and made them count. It was all a great team effort.”
After dropping a pair of games at the Titan Classic, the Lady Redskins have started to hone in their skills, and that has resulted in wins.
“I’m very proud of how we went out and not only performed but showed improvement and great signs of what team we can be as we keep moving forward,” Ruiz said. “We want to thank everyone who came out to support and kept up despite the game’s lighting delay.”
After the Easter Break, the Lady redskins will have a second home game Thursday when they host Hays. Game time is early with a 1 p.m. start.