T-Birds dominate Dodge City in home opener

Freshman midfielder Angie Vergara (No. 7) scores off a penalty kick during Saturday's game against Dodge City
Freshman midfielder Angie Vergara (No. 7) scores off a penalty kick during Saturday's game against Dodge City

CONCORDIA, Kansas — Playing in front of the home crowd for the first time since October 19, 2013, the reactivated Cloud County Community College women's soccer team reintroduced itself to Concordia in fine fashion Saturday as the T-Birds dominated wire-to-wire in a 3-0 victory over Dodge City Community College.

"The women are playing very good soccer right now," said Cloud County head coach, James Ross. "Our fitness is still an issue with some players, but some of that I think was fatigue from Thursday's game against Garden City. The women were again able to start the game well, score early, and defend really well."

Freshman midfielder Angie Vergara led the charge for the T-Birds (2-1 overall, 2-0 KJCCC West) as she finished with a pair of goals and an assist on the afternoon.

Vergara got the scoring started in the 20th minute as she capitalized on a penalty kick opportunity following a hand ball call against Dodge City (2-4-1 overall, 0-1-1 KJCCC) in its own box.

The Colombia native set up fellow freshman Abigail Conway for a goal 13 minutes later to give Cloud County a comfortable 2-0 lead at the half.

Vergara capped the game's scoring early in the second half in the 54th minute as she corralled a poor free kick by Dodge City's goalkeeper and sailed a shot from 30-yards out over the keeper's head to make it a 3-0 Cloud advantage.

"She's phenomenal. She's a leader on the team and it's almost like having a coach on the field," said Ross, referencing Vergara. "Her second goal was pure class."

Defensively, Cloud County was air tight as it limited the Conquistadors to six shots — Cloud finished with 18 shots. Freshman goalkeeper Alanya Hannigan stopped all five shots on goal that she faced to earn her first collegiate shutout.

The T-Birds will look to keep their mini two-game winning streak rolling when they head out on the road Tuesday to face Northwest Kansas Technical College. Game time is set for 3 p.m.