Cupertino, Peinado help lift No. 15 Cloud County to road win over Northwest Kansas Technical College

Cloud County freshman Franciele Cupertino had a hat trick in Wednesday's road win over Northwest Kansas Tech
Cloud County freshman Franciele Cupertino had a hat trick in Wednesday's road win over Northwest Kansas Tech

GOODLAND, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College women's soccer team received a hat trick from freshman Franciele Cupertino, and a pair of goals from Fernanda Peinado, to help lift the undefeated No. 15 ranked T-Birds to a 5-4 road win on Wednesday over Northwest Kansas Technical College.

"The girls played hard and played with a lot of heart," said Cloud County head coach, Charles Long. "We played a lot better than we did last time out against Garden City. We had to leave a few girls behind to due injuries and some classes, so it was nice to see us play well and get a lot of people in the game."

Cloud County (7-0 overall, 5-0 KJCCC) and the Mavericks (1-4-1 overall, 1-4 KJCCC West) were tied at 2-2 in the first half before Cupertino caught fire.

The freshman tallied her first two goals with 4:52 and 2:59 remaining in the first half, respectively, to send the T-Birds into the half up 4-2.

She then completed the hat trick at the start of the second half, scoring with 38:13 remaining to make it a 5-2 advantage for Cloud County.

Northwest Kansas Technical College made things a little hairy down the stretch, climbing within a goal with 3:59 remaining, but the T-Birds were able to hold on for the 5-4 victory.

Cloud County's first two goals of the afternoon came courtesy of Peinado as she scored the game's first goal just seven minutes into the contest, on an assisted from Cupertino, then added her second with 15:15 remaining in the half.

Peinado now has nine goals, second on the team behind freshman Izabella Christina, and has scored goals in five straight games.

In net, Cloud County gave its reserve goalkeepers some work as freshman Becka Dreier started the game and made one save, while sophomore Chelsea Cordice and freshman Marina Lima split duties in the second half.

"We wanted to see what we have in terms of backup goalkeepers," Long said. "I figured this would be a good game to let them play."

Up next for Cloud County will be its showdown with Barton Community College at 6 p.m. Saturday under the lights at Harold M. Clark Stadium on the Concordia High School campus.

"Barton is a phenomenal team. Them and Hutchinson are two of the top teams in the conference so Saturday will be a good test to see where we stack up," Long said. "These next two games (against Barton and Hutchinson) will be defining games for us. I'm sure the girls are ready for the challenge."