Garden City Buffaloes
GCHS roundup: Lady Buffs soccer blanked in 6A regional
By BRETT MARSHALL
It seems as though every time the Garden City Lady Buffaloes soccer team heads east to play a postseason game, the same outcome results.
A 7-0 shutout by Manhattan's Lady Indians on Thursday night in Manhattan in the Class 6A regional championship game again showed the disparity between east and west.
The loss ended the Lady Buffs' season with an 11-7 record.
The Lady Buffs had battled gallantly in the opening 40 minutes, trailing just 2-0 and still within range of the Lady Indians.
Manhattan had scored its first goal on a free kick in the 10th minute and then added its second goal in the 19th minute.
"I thought we gave them a game through the first half," said GCHS coach Joaquin Padilla. "They were very fast, but I thought we controlled them pretty well in the first half."
But things unraveled in the second half, as the Lady Indians scored goals in the 46th, 48th, 52nd, 64th and 75th minutes.
"Once they got that (third) goal early in the second half, I think we kinda fell a little bit apart," Padilla said. "But I'm proud of the way the girls played this season."
Padilla said several of the Manhattan goals came on longer shots, that resulted in some unusual bounces out of the reach of goalkeeper Ashlee Richman. The sophomore keeper did record six saves in net for the Buffs.
"We played a very defensive first half by pulling everybody back except one attacker," Padilla said. "We had a couple of good opportunities to score in the first half, but just didn't connect."
Manhattan moves onto the state quarterfinals on Tuesday where they will face Topeka-Washburn Rural, a 3-0 victor over Lawrence-Free State. In the other South Central quarterfinal game, it will be Maize taking on Derby. Maize routed Topeka High 10-1 while Derby edged Hutchinson, 2-1.
Garden City 0 0 -- 0
Manhattan 2 5 -- 7
M--10th minute; 19th minute.
M--46th minute; 48th minute; 52nd minute; 64th minute; 75th minute.
Shots--Manhattan 14, Garden City 2. Saves--Manhattan 2, Garden City (Richman 6).
Pairings for the 2014 Class 6A state softball tournament were released Thursday and the Garden City High School Lady Buffs were assgined the No. 7 seed in the eight-team field.
Quarterfinal games will be played on Thursday at the Blue Valley West High School diamond in Overland Park.
The Lady Buffs (14-7) will face 2013 6A state runner-up Topeka-Washburn Rural (20-2) in a 3 p.m. contest.
They are part of the four-team lower half of the bracket and in the other quarterfinal matchup in that side it will be Olathe Northwest (18-4) taking on Blue Valley West (15-7) at 5 p.m.
In the two earlier upper-half bracket games, defending champion Olathe East (22-0) will take on No. 8 Derby (12-10) at 11 a.m. and No. 4 Olathe South (18-4) will face Maize (18-4) at 1 p.m.
Winners will advance to Friday's semifinals, and a Lady Buffs victory would put them into the 1 p.m. game against the Olathe Northwest-Blue Valley West winner. The championship game is slated for a 5 p.m. start on Friday.
The trip to the state tournament will be the first for the Lady Buffs since 2010 when they were eliminated in the opening round by an 8-0 score against Maize.
When the 2014 Western Athletic Conference track and swimming meets were concluded on May 15, it brought an end to the year-long State Farm Champions Cup competition among the five league schools.
For the third consecutive year, the Garden City High School Buffaloes claimed the overall title by virtue of accumulating the most points from the 20 varsity men's and women's sports competitions during the school year.
The Buffaloes amassed 181.33 points while runner-up Great Bend was well back with 125.33 points. Dodge City was third with 116 points while Hays and Liberal rounded out the scoring with 102 and 75.33 points, respectively.
It was a well-rounded effort by the GCHS athletic programs as nine teams captured WAC titles. The Buffs won crowns in girls cross country, boys soccer, football, girls golf, volleyball, boys bowling, wrestling, girls track and field, and boys tennis. They were runners-up in five more sports — boys cross country, girls tennis, girls basketball, girls bowling, softball and swimming. They tied for second in girls basketball and girls soccer. They were third in boys basketball and boys golf. The Buffs tied for third in baseball and were fourth in boys track and field. None of the 20 varsity teams finished fifth.
Great Bend and Hays each won five league titles and Liberal won just one. Dodge City, despite its third-place overall finish, didn't win a single WAC championship.
The State Farm Champions Cup was started in the 2008-09 school year and was won by Great Bend. Dodge City won the Cup in 2009-10 and 2010-11. The past three are now in the possession of GCHS. Ironically, when Dodge City won in 2010-11, the Buffaloes finished fifth among the schools.
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