HHS blitzed in Garden City
By BRETT MARSHALL
Special to The Hays Daily News
GARDEN CITY -- One week earlier, the Hays High School boys' soccer team had played one of its best games of the season despite a 2-0 home loss to powerhouse Garden City.
But Tuesday at Buffalo Stadium, the Indians were a different team, and so were the Buffaloes.
That's what happens when the end result is a 9-0 pounding suffered by HHS, dropping the Indians' season record to 5-10 overall and completing their Western Athletic Conference season at 1-7.
Garden City, meanwhile, assured itself of no worse than a tie for first with Dodge City (who plays Liberal on Thursday) for the WAC crown.
Tuesday's game, though, was more about heart than anything else and HHS coach Saul Hernandez said that many of his players had likely lost it somewhere out on the turf in the early minutes of the game.
"I believe our guys didn't show up today," Hernandez said after the lopsided loss. "The first game (against Garden) we played with heart, we blocked shots and did things to be in the game. Today, a lot of them hung their heads after the second goal and caved in."
The Buffs struck early and then often in rolling to a 4-0 halftime lead.
David Fuentes scored in the fourth minute, Sebastian Kyaw scored the first of two consecutive goals in the 9th minute, adding his next one in the 17th minute. Eric Barragan, who later would set a school single-season scoring record (24 goals) got his first one in the 31st minute to close out the first half outburst.
"In the second half, I started putting out guys who were going to play with heart," Hernandez said. "I thought the younger guys deserved a chance to get out there and play and show how they could compete."
Despite the score not getting any better, Hernandez still said the final 40 minutes was all about showing who wanted to compete.
"I want kids out there who will give it everything they have all the time, just like we did when we played them before," Hernandez said.
Garden's five goals came in the 53rd, 57th, 61st, 65th and 66th minutes.
The Buffs pelted HHS goalkeeper Sheldon Stutzman with 20 shots and he accounted for six saves. His counterpart, Isreal Reyes, took on 12 Hays shots and made five saves. The Indians' Riley Zimmerman was yellow-carded in the 14th minute for pushing.
The Indians will take on crosstown rival TMP at 4 p.m. Thursday at the HHS field.