BUFFS ROUNDUP: Wed., November 13, 2019
With a youthful roster full of many underclassmen, the 2019 Garden City Buffaloes boys soccer team found itself battling some of the state’s top teams in Western Athletic Conference opponents Dodge City and Liberal.
After going through the regular season with a 3-4-1 WAC record, which put them in third place, the Buffs suffered an early exit in the Class 6A regional semifinals to end the season 7-9-1.
Two of the underclass Buffs, who will return for their senior season in 2020, were named to the all-WAC first team.
The honors were bestowed upon juniors Moses Lares and Jairo Castillo. Lares scored 2 goals and registered 2 assists while Carillo finished with 1 of each.
League champion Dodge City, which eventually placed third in the Class 6A state tournament and had a 7-1 WAC mark, had three players named to the first team, including Player of the Year Alan Lopez. Runner-up Liberal also placed three on the first team.
The Buffs’ youth movement was even more evident when freshmen Leo and David Hernandez were selected to the second team for the WAC.
Coach of the Year honors went to Dodge City’s Saul Hernandez.
Western Athletic Conference
Boys Soccer 2019 All-Conference
Alan Lopez, Dodge City, Jr.; Diego Olivares, Dodge City, Sr.; Erik Martinez, Dodge City, Jr.; Victor Limon, Liberal, Sr.; Levi Flores, Liberal, Sr.; AJ Ramirez, Liberal, Jr.; Israel Franco Jr., Great Bend, Sr.; Jesus Sanchez, Great Bend, Sr.; Moses Lares, Garden City, Jr.; Jairo Carillo, Garden City, Jr.; Matthew Goodale, Hays, Sr.
Daniel Rojas, Dodge City, Jr.; Mervedi Nkongolo, Dodge City, Sr.; Darius Archuleta, Liberal, Jr.; Francisco Garcia, Great Bend, Sr.; Simon Hernandez, Great Bend, Sr.; Diego Muller, Hays, Fr.; Blake Stieben, Hays, Jr.; Leo Hernandez, Garden City, Fr.; David Hernandez, Garden City, Fr.; Erubiel Duron, Dodge City, Jr.; Kevin Guerrero, Liberal, Jr.
Player of the Year: Alan Lopez, Dodge City, Jr.
Coach of the Year: Saul Hernandez, Dodge City.