GREAT BEND, Kan. – A goal in the 59th by host Barton Community College would prove to be the only goal of the game as the Cloud County Community College men's soccer team would fall by a final score of 1-0 at Cougar Field in Great Bend, Kansas on Saturday, September 21st.
The loss leaves CCCC with a 5-4-0 overall record and a 3-2-0 mark in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference while the number 14-nationally ranked Cougars remain unbeaten on the year with an 8-0-1 record and 5-0-0 record in the KJCCC.
Neither team would be able to really gain control of the game in the opening 45 minutes as a physical battle would ensue with both teams trying to deploy a style of play that would fit their team as BCC would outshoot the T-Birds 7-3 in the first half. Cloud County's best opportunity of the opening period would come in the 10th minute as Lucas Lyra would put a shot on goal that would be turned away by Cougar goalie Marco Seyfert with things staying deadlocked at zero at intermission.
Barton would come out and barrage Cloud County with three shots in the opening seven minutes of action while forcing two saves from Noberto Vieira to keep things scoreless past the 55-minute mark of the contest. Back-to-back corner kicks for BCC in the 58th and 59th minutes would prove to what the Cougars were looking for offensively as the second attempt at a set piece would lead to a goal at the 58:47 mark which would put Barton up 1-0. Needing an equalizer in the final 30 minutes of action to get back into the game, Cloud County would be limited to just one shot down the stretch that would end up getting blocked as BCC would hold off the T-Birds in a battle of the top two teams in the KJCCC West Division.
Having proven to be the difference in the game, Barton would be awarded 10 corner kicks while holding Cloud County without a single corner kick while also holding a 17-4 advantage in shots. Vieira would make six saves on seven shots on goal while CCCC's four shots would come from four different players.
Cloud County will have a week to regroup and prepare for the second half of KJCCC West Division Play which begins on Saturday, September 28th when the T-Birds host Hesston College. Kickoff from Harold M. Clark Stadium is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. as part of the annual Concordia Fall Fest.