After a needed six day break, the Garden City Buffaloes soccer team snapped a two-match winless and scoreless streak, defeating the Hays Indians, 1-0, Monday night at Buffalo stadium.
A 56th minute goal from sophomore Jo Jo Dominguez proved to be the difference as Garden City (9-3-2,4-1-2 ) evened the season series against Hays. In their first matchup, the Indians got the best of the Buffaloes as Hays put three past Garden City for a 3-0 win in Hays.
was pleased with his team’s performance on Monday.
“I thought they played hard,” head coach Joaquin Padilla said about Monday's result. “Hays is not an easy team to play against. Whether it’s here or there, they always give us a hard time. But, I thought we found a way to win, and overall I thought they all played well.”
The wind is always plays a story for any game in Garden City, and Monday was no different. Garden City went against the stiff wind in the first half, which really put the pressure on the Buffs' defense. The Buffaloes pushed the ball against the wind pretty successfully in the first half, allowing the Buffs to keep the Indians scoreless in the first half.
“I thought they played well. The defense played well. We held them in the first half, and we got the wind in the second half we tried to take advantage of it,” Padilla said.
That second half opportunity came in the the 56th minute, as Dominguez, a sophomore, rocketed a shot from outside the penalty area past the keeper to give Garden City the lead and, ultimately, the win.
“I was trying to help out the team, and my teammates were motivating me to take the shot, and so I did,” Dominguez said. “It (scoring the goal) means a lot, honestly, because that was a very important game.”
As Hays tried to mount a comeback and applied pressure to Garden City’s back four, a lightning warning was called with 3:55 left in the game, which I delayed the game for approximately 50 minutes.
Padilla made sure to talk to his girls during the extra break to settle his girls down before they went back out on the field.
“We went to the locker room and talked about how we need to continue to do the things that we were doing," he said. “Pressure, clear the ball if we found ourselves in trouble, and they did a good job of doing those things to kill as much time as possible."
The six day break did the Buffaloes some good, as some players were able to find themselves back in the lineup.
“We got a couple of girls back from injury in the last two games. Now, we got two back and hopefully in the next week we can get a couple more back on the field," Padilla said. "And hopefully we can be at full strength by the time regionals start."
After the win on Monday, Garden City will return to their hectic schedule and travel to Hays on Thursday to take on Thomas More Prep Monarchs in the Buffs' last road tilt of the season, before coming back home for senior night. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m.