July 12, 2024

Sophomore plays hero; Buffs send Lawrence packing-audio


Garden City, Kan (westernkansasnews.com)-From an outsider’s perspective, it didn’t take a professional soccer player to figure out which team was more skilled in this postseason contest. But it took a full 40 minutes and then some for it to finally pay off. 

Sophomore Gilberto Tovar’s goal in overtime secured a 3-2 Buffs win over Lawrence Free State in their 6A-playoff opener at Buffalo Stadium Tuesday afternoon. 

“I kept telling my players that I was open,” Tovar said afterwards. “They told me they would find me and make it happen; they did.”

But Garden City would never have seen overtime if it wasn’t for Eric Barragan. The junior’s penalty kick in the 61st minute tied the game 2-2 just minutes after PJ Budenbender gave the Firebirds a one-goal advantage. 

In overtime, the Buffs escaped a couple of scares deep in their own end before Barrigan found Tovar for the game winner in the 84th minute. 

The win sets up a second-round match-up with Dodge City, who beat Haysville 7-1. 

“We have to win there,” Tovar said. “It’s about revenge now.”

Next up: Garden City at Dodge City-Thursday; 5 p.m.

Joaquin Padilla post

Gilberto Tovar post



Women’s Volleyball

Otero, CO defeats Garden City 13-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-17, 16-4

Next up: at Seward County-Tuesday-Region VI playoffs

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