A strong defensive effort produced a shutout but not a victory for the Hays High girls' soccer team on Thursday against Liberal.
After 100 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Indians and Redskins were forced to settled for a 0-0 draw after a stalemate at HHS Field.
“We had great defensive play on our end,” Hays High coach Silas Hibbs said. “(Goalkeeper Isabel Robben) made some great saves. Our back line did a good job keeping them off the board. We did struggle a little but offensively; we’ve kind of struggled offensively all year long. At the end of the day, we all know that we could’ve played better.”
Hays High (4-1-1, 1-0-1 Western Athletic Conference) created its fair share of opportunities but couldn’t break through with a goal. The bulk of the chances came in the first half, including a shot from sophomore Maggie Robben that nicked off the crossbar.
Kim Alarcon earned the shutout for Liberal (3-3-1).
“Kudos to Liberal,” Hibbs said. “Liberal did a good job defending us. Sometimes we can’t score because the other team does a good job. It was a obviously a physical game and we knew it was going to be a physical game.”
Hays had some quality looks early in the first overtime but Hibbs thought the Indians looked fatigued in the second extra session.
“The thing that concerned me a little bit was I sensed there could have been a little more passion at the end of the game,” Hibbs said. “Maybe they were exhausted — two overtimes, they’re probably exhausted. But still, we have high expectations and high goals this year.”
The Indians will play host to Junction City at 4 p.m. on Monday.
“Sometimes you play good games and sometimes you play bad games,” Hibbs said. “This just wasn’t one of our best games. We’ll continue to work on our offensive third and finishing."