GARDEN CITY — The Hays High Indians dropped their road visit to Garden City, as a 56th-minute goal in the second half by the Buffaloes sunk the Indians, 1-0, Monday night at Buffalo Stadium.
The loss evened the season series between the Buffaloes and Indians. In their first matchup, the Indians got the best of the Buffaloes as Hays posted a 3-0 triumph.
Although not content with the outcome of the game, head coach Silas Hibbs was encouraged with how his team performed on Monday.
“I asked the girls if they gave it all on the field today, and they did,” Hibbs said. “As a coach, that’s all you can ask for even though the result is not one we wanted.”
The wind is always a factor for any game in Garden City, and Monday was no different. The Indians played with the wind at their backs in the opening 40 minutes, which put the pressure on the Buffalo defense.
The advantage, however, went to Garden City as they were able to keep the Indians scoreless in the first half. Hays’ pressure kept the middle of the field open, but ultimately it could not convert with the advantage.
In the second half, the roles were reversed and it was Hays who was on its heels as Garden City applied pressure to the Indian back four. Garden City took advantage of their second-half opportunities as sophomore Jo Jo Dominguez rocketed a shot from outside the penalty area past the keeper in the 56th minute for the lone goal.
“Garden City played a great game today, so kudos to them,” Hibbs said. “They are a tough team and I know they are missing some players as well.”
As the Indians tried to mount a comeback, applying pressure to Garden City’s back four, a lightning warning was called with 3:55 left in the game, which delayed the game for approximately 50 minutes. The break came at a point in the game where Hays could regroup and refocus.
“We had to face adversity, and it was almost a little break for us. We are short a lot of players and it was almost a little breather which was like a timeout in soccer, which you never get,” Hibbs said.
Hibbs said the loss was a learning experience for his team.
“It’s just one of those character-building moments for our team, as well as for the coach,” Hibbs said.
The Indians will look to bounce back as they travel to Dodge City to take on the Demons on Thursday night.