CONCORDIA, Kansas — The No. 8 ranked Cloud County Community College men's soccer team rolled to a 7-1 non-conference win over Hesston College on Monday, extending its winning streak to 12 games in the process.
Cloud County (13-1 overall, 10-0 KJCCC West) wasted little time putting the Larks (7-10 overall) away early as the T-Birds rattled off three goals through the first 11:47 of game action.
"The men's team has started the last 12 games exactly the way you want a game to start," said Cloud County head coach, James Ross.
Sophomore forward Luiz Garcia was again at the center of the things for the T-Birds as he scored two of the first three goals to open the game, and assisted on the third goal. Garcia, who has now scored in all 12 games he has played in, leads Cloud County in goals (18) and assists (6).
He opened the scoring at the 2:47 mark of the first half, finishing off a rebound opportunity.
Freshman forward Guilherme Martins made it a 2-0 advantage six minutes later when he headed in a corner kick by Garcia, who then cashed in another rebound chance at the 11:47 mark to make it 3-0 before players began to break a sweat.
Hesston College thwarted Cloud County's shutout hopes with 2:18 remaining in the first half, scoring off a corner kick to cut the deficit to 5-1 at the break.
"You cannot allow set piece goals in the final few minutes of the half," Ross said. "I told the guys at half time that those are the types of goals in a playoff game that can be the difference between advancing or going home."
Cloud County's defense responded as it tightened up and limited the Larks to just three second-half shots, while Vitor Leitao and Victor Famodimu each scored second-half goals to put the bow on the 7-1 final.
Up next for the T-Birds will be a potential national tournament matchup as they host No. 5 ranked Indians Hills Community College (13-2 overall) at 2 p.m. on Wednesday to conclude the regular season.
"It's going to be a really fun game right before we get into playoffs," Ross said. "That's what their coach wanted and I agreed to the game and we're pumped to play them. It doesn't get much bigger and better than this and these are the games we like to play."