Sugar Beet staff reporter
It was crunch time for the Buffs men’s soccer team when they took care of business after heading off to regionals in Topeka on Thursday, October 25th. With a record of 11-5, the Buffs were in good position in seeding for regionals and possibly a shot at state.
First round of regionals was hosted at Topeka High and if that game had resulted in a victory, then Garden City would travel to Manhattan for the regional championship. Lucky enough the Buffs hadn’t come to mess around as they defeated Topeka High in the semifinal game with a score of 3-0. The three goals were scored by Alonso Vera, Hussein Ismail and Salvador Bustos. The Buffs would head into the championship game with a record of 12-5-0 on the season. The match-up will be a close one as Manhattan enters the title game defeating Hutchinson with a score of 9-0.
“I am more than satisfied with the way our season is going, this is the best record we’ve had in my high school career, which means a lot,” Alec Koesengphet, varsity junior defender, said. Koesengphet believes his team has a lot of potential and not only could go deep at state, but possibly bring home some hardware.
Although the Buffs have a successful record, the WAC title did not go in Garden City’s favor. The game that decided which school would take home the WAC championship was between the Dodge City Demons and the Liberal Redskins. Liberal ended up taking home the victory over Dodge with a score of 3-1.
“It wasn’t a surprise to me that Dodge lost WAC, although they are defending state champs, they did lose a lot of key players last year and Liberal still has one key returner in their favor,” Moses Lares, varsity sophomore, said.
Some players had different outlooks on the season, although the overall experience was worth the ride.
“I really enjoyed this season, it made it way more fun having the opportunity to play alongside your friends, although this season did feel long, towards the end we were practicing really hard and getting focused for the big games,” Rodrigo Oropeza, sophomore varsity player, said.
If the Buffs were to succeed to the state tournament, the class 6A championships took place at Wichita-South High school on May 24-25 with the top eight teams that won their regional championships.
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