Christina, Peinado lead Cloud County women to 6-2 victory over Dodge City

Cloud County freshman Fernanda Peinado scored a pair of goals in Saturday's 6-2 win over Dodge City
Cloud County freshman Fernanda Peinado scored a pair of goals in Saturday's 6-2 win over Dodge City

CONCORDIA, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College women's soccer team scored a flurry of second-half goals on Saturday to surge past Dodge City Community, earning a 6-2 victory on the synthetic turf field inside Harold M. Clark Stadium.

The game was decided by a wide 66-second stretch early in the second half. Dodge City (1-3-1 overall, 0-1 KJCCC West) tied the game at 2-2 with 40:58 remaining in the game.

By the time the game clock ticked down to 39:52 remaining, the T-Birds had recaptured a 4-2 lead thanks to a pair of quick strikes from freshman Izabella Christina, with each goal set up on passes from freshman Franciele Cupertino.

For Christina, the two goals upped her team lead to seven on the season. And for the visiting Conquistadors, the two-goal swing swiftly ended their hopes of an upset attempt.

"Those two goals from Izabella kind of broke Dodge City," said Cloud County head coach, Charles Long. "I thought Franciele played a very good game for us and Izabella has amazing skills. She's a little small size wise, but as long as we can keep her healthy she's going to continue to be a big contributor for us."

Cloud County also received a standout performance from freshman midfielder Fernanda Peinado, who has now scored a pair of goals in back-to-back games.

Peinado scored her first goal Saturday in the first half on a set up from sophomore Gabriela de Jesus, then knocked in her second goal with a gorgeous free kick from roughly 25 yards out that made the score 5-2 with 18:40 remaining.

"That free kick goal from Fernanda was one of the prettiest I've seen in a long, long time," Long said.

Cloud County also had two players crack the scoring column for the first time this season on Saturday in sophomore midfielder Maria Barbosa and freshman forward Juliana Padilla.

Barbosa got the afternoon started with a goal just three minutes into the game, burying a crossing pass from Christina.

Padilla then put the cherry on top, scoring Cloud County's sixth and final goal with 3:03 remaining on a rocket that Dodge City's goalkeeper was unable to completely slow down before it found the back of the net.

The T-Birds will look to keep rolling when they conclude their three-game home stand against Pratt Community College at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.