Liberal, Kan. — The Liberal Redskins came into their match up with Garden City unable to meet their state championship expectations. Without a single goal in the last five games, the Redskins were the underdogs up against the 5-1 Buffs. Home field turned out to be Liberal’s advantage as they earned their first big win of the season 2-1.
The wind was also a big factor. The team that played with it had the upper hand. Liberal took advantage of that early. Senior midfielder Misael Moncayo found his opening and pummeled Liberal’s first goal into the bottom right corner of Garden City’s net. The Buffs found themselves doing a lot of defending and with a few big saves by senior Goalkeeper Cesar Solorzano, the Buffs keep the Redskins at only one goal for the half.
Despite going against the wind throughout the second half, Liberal dominated possession of the ball. At the 12:46 mark Liberal allowed their play to develop. With a little patience Moncayo found junior midfielder Samuel Cruz in the middle of the field. A quick pass and Cruz hurled the ball above the head of Solorzano for Liberal’s second goal.