Garden City High School’s soccer season came to an end in the Class 6A regional final on Thursday, as the Buffaloes lost at Manhattan, 4-0.
The Buffs end the year at 12-6, while Manhattan (16-2) advances to the state playoffs with the win.
Head coach Joaquin Padilla was not available at time of press Thursday evening.
As has been the case for the Buffs against the top competition on their schedule, finishing the chances their offense created was their biggest issue against the Indians.
And Manhattan took advantage of its chances, including just four minutes into the match on a free kick from 25 yards out. Carter Wiens sent a skipping shot across the turf field, just through the Buffs’ line and past goalkeeper Jose Betanco.
Then, in the 17th minute, Hunter French made it 2-0 on an assist from Max Lansdowne, and that’s where it stood at the break as the Buffs mounted few threatening attacks.
In the second half, Manhattan pulled further away in the 45th minute, as Lansdowne got a goal of his own off an assists from Wiens.
The Buffs pushed forward a few times, and got a handful of shots on goal, but none snuck through Manhattan goalkeeper Caleb DeLoach. Even when DeLoach left the match due to injury for a few minutes late in the second half, the Buffs could not find a breakthrough.
Manhattan put the final goal on the board in the 65th minute, when Lansdowne and Wiens connected for the second time.