BUFFS ROUNDUP: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
The 2019 boys soccer season came to an end Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Wichita Heights when the Buffaloes were blanked, 3-0, by the Falcons in the Class 6A Regional semifinals.
Tuesday’s setback resulted in the Buffs finishing with a season overall record of 7-9-1, with a predominantly underclassman lineup. They went 3-4-1 in the Western Athletic Conference to finish third.
In Tuesday’s match, Heights got the only goal it would need when Dylan Perry scored in the fifth minute. The Falcons added a Kobe Martin goal in the 13th minute, to make it 2-0 at intermission. They added an insurance goal in the 46th minute of the second half by Diego Zamirez.
The Buffs ended with seven shots on goal compared to 10 by Heights. Buffs’ freshman keeper, Chris Barragan, had five saves while the Falcons’ Zach Wells had three. Heights moves on to the regional finals with a 13-3-1 record. The Falcons will travel to Derby on Thursday, Oct. 31, for the regional final.
WAC results: In other WAC Class 6A regional playoff action, Liberal’s Redskins were upset by Lawrence-Free State, 3-1, while Dodge City rolled by Hutchinson, 10-0. The Red Demons (14-3-0) will host Wichita Southeast (11-2-4) on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Dodge City’s Memorial Stadium.
In Class 5A regional playoff action, Great Bend defeated Andover, 3-1, to advance to Thursday’s regional championship game at Goddard Eisenhower. The Panthers are 9-7-1 while Eisenhower is 16-0-1. Hays High was eliminated in a Monday play-in game by Arkansas City, 1-0, to finish at 3-13-1.
The Lady Buffs volleyball team enters Class 6A state tournament play on Friday in Salina as the overall No. 1 seed with a 32-3 season record.
Garden City is making its fifth straight appearance in the state tournament, a school record, and is the No. 1 seed for just the second time, the last coming in 1997.
The Lady Buffs will first compete in Pool Play on Friday against three other teams, No. Lawrence-Free State (24-12) at 4:30 p.m., No. 5 seed Blue Valley North (27-8) at 6:30 p.m. and No. 4 seed Blue Valley (28-8) at 8:30 p.m. All matches will be played at Tony’s Pizza Events Center.
The top two finishers from Pool Play will advance to Saturday’s semifinal matches against teams from the other four-team Pool. Those teams include Derby, Topeka-Washburn Rural, Gardner-Edgerton and Shawnee Mission Northwest. Semifinal matches are slated to start at approximately 2 p.m. following an intermission at the end of the morning Class 5A state championship matches.
The Buffaloes football team will be on the road Friday, Nov. 1, for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Topeka High (Hummer Sports Complex) in a Week 9 Playoff Play-In game.
The Buffs, 2-6, will meet a Trojan team that is 7-1 this season. Two seasons ago, the Buffs traveled to the same place for a second-round match-up and upset the favored Trojans, 24-21, to reach the 6A state quarterfinals.
Friday’s winner will advance to the Nov. 8 regional championship game against the winner of the Lawrence High-Topeka Washburn Rural game.