The momentum of a five-game winning streak continued Monday for the Garden City Buffaloes girls soccer team.
The Buffs returned to Western Athletic Conference action with a road trip to Liberal and returned home with a 1-0 shutout victory.
It also improved the Buffs to 2-0 in the WAC, and was their fifth shutout of the season.
“It was not a beautiful win, but it was a win,” said GCHS coach Joaquin Padilla. “We had a number of good scoring opportunities, but couldn’t get them in.”
Monday’s victory sets up the Buffs (6-1, 2-0) for their next game, which comes quickly on Tuesday with a 5:30 p.m. home match against TMP-Marian of Hays. In a period of 11 days, the Buffs will play six games.
Monday’s win was produced on a penalty kick by sophomore Makable Longoria in the 25th minute.
Longoria’s penalty came after Liberal was whistled on a slide tackle on one of the Buffs' attackers. Longoria, one of the best offensive players for the Buffs, took her shot and rifled the ball into the low left corner of the net as she froze the Liberal keeper.
That would be the only score of the night, but it was enough to have the coach pleased to head home with a victory.
“We came down last year and lost 1-0, so getting a win 1-0 is just good enough,” Padilla said. “We continue to get good play from the back line defenders and Kaylee (Keller, GCHS goalkeeper) really had an outstanding game.”
The Buffs held the advantage in shots by a 9-4 margin. Keller recorded two saves while Liberal’s keeper had four saves.
Following Tuesday’s home game with TMP, the Buffs will host rival Dodge City at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in a major showdown for the WAC title.