The Garden City Buffaloes boy’s soccer team advanced to the championship game of the Goddard Invitational after shutting out the Buhler Crusaders, 1-0, Thursday night in Goddard.

“We played a bit sluggish in the first half,” said head coach Joaquin Padilla. “We played much better in the second half and controlled the pace of the game a bit better.”

The only goal of the game came in the 20th minute, when an assist from junior Jesus Mancias found his classmate Brian Carrera for the lone score. Garden City finished the game with 15 shots on goal. Buhler finished the game with none.

“We created outside space without wings and had most of our shots with them,” said Padilla. “We could have had more goals but we missed out on our opportunities to score.”

The Buffaloes are returning to the tournament’s championship game for the second straight year, and will try to repeat as tournament champs Saturday in Goddard. The match starts at 3 p.m.

Cross Country

The Garden City High School cross country teams traveled to Hesston for the Annual Swather Special Thursday, and placed well in a deep field. The girls finished in third and the boys finished second.

“We ran well and competed very well as a team,” said head coach Krista Linenberger of her team’s performance on Thursday.

The Swather Special is run a bit differently than most other meets. It is run by class designation — senior, junior, sophomore and freshman. The meet officials then take the top five boy finishers and top seven girl finishers and score those times. The best time for Buffalo boys was Javier Cervantes with a time of 17:26.4 and for the girls was Brooke Navarro with 21:46.

This was an early test for the Buffaloes as many of their conference opponents were at this meet.

“We were surprised because there were a lot of WAC teams here,” said Linenberger. “It will make WAC a bit more interesting as we continue down the season."

The Buffaloes next meet will be Thursday at Hays.

Girls Golf

Alyssa McMillen’s 83 was good for a runner-up finish Thursday at the Dodge City Invitational golf tournament at Mariah Hills Golf Course, and it paved the way for the Garden City High School Buffs to capture the team title with a total of 392 strokes.

That was four shots ahead of Western Athletic Conference member Hays, finishing with a 396, featuring medalist Karee Dinkel’s 74.

Elena Lemke took sixth individually with a 98 while Morgan Cabral was 10th with a 102. Kaylee Keller rounded out the team’s counting scores with a 109. Grace Yi and Annika Wood had non-counting scores of 127 and 128.

The Buffs will next see action on Monday when they host their own invitational at 1 p.m. at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course.

Girls Tennis

The Garden City High School girls tennis team will finally open their 2017 fall season on Saturday when it travels to the Great Bend Invitational.

The meet will begin at 9 a.m.

Coach Rod Robinson will put sophomore Carson Linenberger at No. 1 singles while junior Taryn Tabor will be in the No. 2 singles slot. Playing No. 1 doubles will be seniors Alexis Powell and Madison Bellows.

A year ago, Powell and Linenberger teamed up to win the WAC No. 1 doubles while Bellows played singles. Rounding out the squad will be seniors Allyson Becker and Ann Douglas, both of whom were on the junior varsity a season ago.

“We’ve got a nice mix of experience coming back,” Robinson said. “So I’m really looking forward to seeing how the girls play in this opening tournament.”

The Buffs will compete in eight tournaments during the regular season, including hosting their own invitational on Sept. 23.