It took a day longer than expected, but the Garden City Buffaloes successfully completed their defense of the 2018 conference girls' soccer championship on Wednesday, drawing 0-0 with Liberal on the road to win back-to-back WAC titles. The draw comes a day after the games were postponed due to heavy rains.
The game didn't leave the middle of the pitch much, as neither team could do enough to gain possession or keep momentum to create consistent opportunities. As potent as the Buffs’ offense has been at times this season, defeating TMP-Marian 8-0 last week, Liberal found a way to keep Garden City from scoring on Wednesday.
Head coach Juaquin Padilla was not available for comment Wednesday night.
In days where the offense can't get going, there has been one constant that has kept the Buffaloes in games this season, and that has been their rock solid defense. In 15 games, Garden City has held its opponents scoreless in nine of those games, and are currently in the middle of a four-game cleansheet streak. Liberal failed to score a single goal against Garden City in two games this season.
With a 5-0-3 record in WAC, the Buffaloes were half-a-game better than rival and second-place Hays, which went 4-0-4 in conference play, giving the title to Garden City. When Hays tied against Dodge City last week, all Garden City needed to do was not lose against Liberal to secure its second consecutive WAC crown.
Although they might have wrapped up the WAC championship, the Buffaloes still have work to do with one game left in the regular season. With the Wichita South Titans coming into town on Friday, Garden City is still looking to earn as high a postseason seed as possible, currently sitting in fourth place in the Central/South Central Section Regional, with a strong opportunity to host a first-round regional game.