No doubt it is a tough way to end a season.
Ending a season is never easy. But to do in a penalty kick shootout on the soccer pitch is even tougher.
For the second straight year, the Barton men’s soccer team did just that. Barton and Garden City had a battled to a 0-0 draw through regulation and two overtimes.
The penalty kick shootout went extra shooters as well before Garden advanced by winning the shootout 6-5.
The result ended the Cougars season with a 13-2-1 record. Garden City moves into the Plains District Championships with a 12-9-1 mark.
The Cougars were able to attack more in the opening half, putting five shots on goal to just one for Garden but the game went to intermission with zeros on the scoreboard.
The second half saw Garden put more shots on goal but, again, neither team could score.
Each team played through a pair of 10 minute overtimes scoreless sending the game to penalty kicks.
Barton and Garden both scored on their first two kicks. The Cougars third of five hit the cross bar while Garden’s fourth was saved. That took the PK to the final kick tied at 4-all.
Garden City’s Abraham de la Mora scored for Garden in the fifth round and Kota Endo matched it to send the game to a sixth round.
Saul Godoy found the net for Garden but Julio Vicente did likewise to force a seventh round. In that seventh round Mary Avalos of Garden City drilled a shot that appeared to be saved by Bruce Turner of Barton but the ball deflected into the goal.
Barton’s Jose Escobedo shot to the near post was knocked down by the Garden keeper and the Broncbusters advanced.
Garden City joined Cloud County in the Plains District Championships. Cloud won on penalty kicks as well over Cowley.
Garden 0, Barton 0
Garden 0 0 0 0 – 0 (6)
Barton 0 0 0 0 – 0 (5)
Garden advances in penalty kick shootout 6-5