After all the points and goals were finally tallied, the Garden City Broncbusters men’s soccer team officially learned its opponent for Thursday’s regional playoff game Wednesday morning.
Late Tuesday evening, Northwest Kansas Tech edged Hesston, 1-0, in the final regular season match, giving the Mavericks (8-7-1, 6-6) the same amount of region points as the Busters (18).
But thanks to the Busters’ 5-0 win over Hesston Monday (giving the Busters the maximum plus-three in goal differential) the Busters edged Tech in goal differential against region opponents — plus-one to 0 — and therefore the tiebreaker for the No. 3 seed in the Region VI playoffs.
That set the Busters up to play the East Division’s No. 2 seed, Kansas City, Kan., on Thursday, avoiding the top-seeped Neosho County team that Tech has to play.
Kansas City (8-3-1, 6-3-1) won a tiebreaker for the second seed over Cowley College,
Thursday’s match is set for 7 p.m. at KCK.
“We’ve looked at them a little bit. I haven’t had enough time to study them, yet,” Westbrook said Wednesday afternoon, “but we feel like we’re playing the best ball of our season right now. We’re confident, and we’re looking to get out of there with a win.”
The Blue Devils’ have the best attack in the conference, averaging 3.92 goals per match, while the Busters have scored just 1.67 goals per match. KCK is allowing 2.03 goals per match and the Busters 2.57.