Missed opportunities plague T-Birds in 2-1 road loss to Dodge City

Missed opportunities plague T-Birds in 2-1 road loss to Dodge City

DODGE CITY, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College women's soccer team struggles to finish off scoring chances Wednesday proved costly as the T-Birds had their four-game winning streak snapped in a 2-1 loss to Dodge City Community College.

"We probably have about 10-15 scoring chances," said Cloud County head coach, James Ross. The T-Birds outshot Dodge City, 22-6. "We are beating ourselves by not finishing chances and putting teams away in the first half."

Cloud County (6-3 overall, 5-2 KJCCC) jumped out to a 1-0 lead just seven minutes into the game when freshman Joana Villanova scored off a long lead pass from Maria Barbosa with 38:11 remaining in the half. It was Villanova's fourth straight game with at least one goal — she had a hat trick in Cloud's 5-0 win over Pratt on Monday — and seventh goal on the season overall.

The T-Birds would hold that 1-0 lead when the teams began the second half of play, but the Conquistadors (7-6-1 overall, 4-3-1 KJCCC) quickly made the most of its limited scoring opportunities.

Dodge City scored the equalizer off a rebound chance just 4:38 into the second half. The go-ahead score from Begona Rodriguez Bravo came with 18:40 remaining, courtesy of a free kick just outside Cloud County's box.

The T-Birds will look to rebound when they return home Friday to host Northwest Kansas Technical College, which defeated Cloud County 3-2 in overtime back on Sept. 12. The two KJCCC foes will get things underway at 2 p.m. on Friday.