The Garden City Buffaloes boys soccer team has quickly become acquainted with the back of its opponent's net early in the season. In just two games, the Buffaloes have netted a total of 15 goals, 10 of which came against the El Dorado Wildcats Tuesday afternoon, as Garden City easily dispatched of El Dorado, 10-0, in the annual Goddard Tournament.
“Overall, I'm happy with the results,” said head coach Joaquin Padilla of his team’s performance against the Wildcats. “We moved the ball well and tried to work on what we had practiced on.”
The goals came early and often for the Buffaloes Tuesday night. An assist from sophomore Salvador Bustos to junior Brian Carrera opened up the scoring for Garden City in the second minute of the first half.
The second goal of the game was scored by Bustos from an assist from junior Rene Lares just a few seconds later in the third minute of the first half.
Garden City scored nine of its 10 goals in the first half, and five of those nine came in the first eleven minutes of the game. Carrera finished the game with two goals and an assist while Bustos had one goal and two assists.
Padilla attributes the team’s early success to his team’s natural ability.
“We are a high skilled team,” he said. “We are a low dribbling team and we preach to play on a few touches. One or two touches and we should be looking to pass.”
Although the Buffaloes got the best of the Wildcats on Tuesday, Padilla can relate to El Dorado’s soccer program. In only their third season of existence, El Dorado fielded its first boys soccer team in 2015 and are still new to Kansas high school soccer.
“(El Dorado) is a new program. I know a little bit about starting a program, so I know what they are going through,” Padilla said.
With two lopsided wins already under their belt, Garden City still gets a chance to learn and get better in these sorts of wins.
“We’re just trying to improve on our style of play,” Padilla said. “We also get a good idea of other players who don't usually have a chance to play.”
The Buffs look to continue their hot streak in the second round of the Goddard Invitational, as they await take on Buhler at 7 p.m. Thursday. Buhler beat host Goddard, 3-2, on Tuesday.