HAYS — Mother Nature denied the Thomas More Prep-Marian and Garden City girls soccer teams a conclusion in what was shaping up to be an exciting finish on Thursday at Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex.
The teams were forced to settle for a 1-1 tie with 12 minutes left in regulation after rain and lightning moved into the area.
Garden City coach Joaquin Padilla said he thought it was a well-played match by both teams.
“It’s two tough teams,” Padilla said. “They’ve got No. 18 (Kayla Vitztum) who’s just a really good player. It’s only fair that this one ends in a tie because it was pretty evenly matched. I’d like to have seen it through to the end, but I’m OK with the result as well.”
Vitztum got away from the Buffaloes four minutes into the game, scoring on a breakaway. However, Padilla said his team did a better job keeping tabs on TMP’s senior standout the rest of the way.
“She got loose there in the first five minutes, but then we settled down there,” Padilla said. “We know that’s their main player and we have to really be tough on her. That was the game plan coming in. She just got away from us for the first five minutes.”
Garden City (9-3-3) knotted the game up late when Haily Enriquez got a foot on a loose ball off a corner kick in the 22nd minute.
“It was a nice little set piece,” Padilla said. “They cleared the first line there and she was able to put it through. Nice little goal for her.”
The Buffs will finish their regular season on Tuesday when they host Liberal in a 5:30 p.m. pitch at Buffalo Stadium. Class 6A regional playoffs begin the week of May 14.