Lady Busters get first win days after match

9/18/2013

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

On Monday at the BAA Luncheon, Garden City Community College coaches Harvey Sanders and Matt Miller received plaques for their first wins at the helm of a program, a Buster tradition. Sanders earned his for the volleyball team's win over McCook, Neb., on Aug. 30, and Miller for the victory over Independence on Aug. 24.

As those two first-year coaches accepted the honor, interim soccer coach Hector Martinez professed his desire to get his own soon, citing his team's progression despite it's 0-5 start. Martinez' name will be getting etched into a plaque sooner than he thought.

As Martinez spoke on Monday, the Lady Busters were coming off a 7-1 loss to Cloud County on Saturday at home. But on Tuesday, that game was declared a forfeit by Cloud County because the Lady Thunderbirds had inadvertently used an ineligble player during the game. Cloud County athletic director Matt Bechard realized the discrepancy and informed the league office, according to conference commissioner Bryce Roderick.

For the oversight, Cloud County had to forfeit game, giving the Lady Busters their first win of the season and Martinez the first win of his interim tenure.

But for Martinez, it's definitely bittersweet.

"Well, I think the games need to be decided on the field," he said. "Too bad (Cloud County is) not following the regulations . . . that's the price you pay in the end. However, I believe the games need to be won on the field.

"I think yes, it is a win," he continued. "But for me, the game needs to be won on the field. The girls need to show it on the field. This win was won on paper."

The Lady Busters travel to Hesston at 6 p.m. on Friday to try to get another win, this time on the pitch.

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