BY JIM MISUNAS
After a challenging schedule, Great Bend teammates Citlali Sanchez and Mayra Ramirez were more than happy to share the spotlight after Tuesday’s 7-1 soccer victory over Wichita Southeast.
Sanchez, an up-and-coming star, matched her teammate with three goals — a double “hat trick.” Diana Quiroz added the Panthers’ other goal.
Sanchez opened the scoring with two goals and closed the scoring with her third goal in the closing minutes for her first three-goal game.
“That was a lot of fun today,” Sanchez said. “We were communicating really well today and moving the ball.”
The speedy Ramirez played everywhere, running the Buffaloes’ defense wild. She constantly shifted into high gear when she saw her scoring opportunities. Ramirez scored her trio of goals and set up her teammates for scoring chances.
“We wanted to win this one for our seniors,” Ramirez said. “It was a lot of fun out there today.”
After a 45-minute lightning delay because of threatening weather, it was a rare opportunity for the Panthers to roll against an overmatched team behind a 30 mph south wind. The Panthers dominated time of possession and scored five first-half goals.
“We played really well today,” said Great Bend coach Margarita Ayala. “We were communicating really well today. We really took advantage of the wind that first half.”
The Panther seniors played their final home game — goalie Ellie Anspaugh, Esmeralda Delgadillo, Abby MacKinny, Diana Quiroz and Valeria Castillo.
The Buffaloes played inspired soccer after trailing 5-0 at halftime. They outplayed the Panthers at times and gained time of possession. Cassie Agnew scored the Buffaloes’ goal on an assist by Madison Johnson.
The Buffaloes were an interesting team. Buffalo goalie Cheyenne Dyke is deaf and communicates through hand signals. Rama Alashgar wore a head covering as a sign of her religious beliefs.
5A REGIONAL — Great Bend (5-8) plays at Buhler (5-8) Thursday to start a three-game road trip. The Panthers play Manhattan (8-4) May 8 and Junction City (4-9) May 10. The Panthers are seeded 12th in the 5A west, but could move up a spot with two wins.
5A REGIONAL RECORDS
1—Maize High 12-1
2—Valley Center 11-1-1
3—Maize South 10-1-1
4—Goddard Eisenhower 10-3
5—Wichita Carroll 10-3
6—Wichita Kapaun Mt. Carmel 8-2-2
10—Wichita Heights 6-6
11—Salina South 5-7-1
12—Great Bend 5-8
15—Salina Central 2-12
WESTERN ATHLETIC GIRLS
Garden City 4-1-2 9-3-2
Hays High 4-2-1 8-4-1
Dodge City 2-2-2 5-6-2
Liberal 2-3-1 4-6-1
Great Bend 2-6 5-8
Liberal 2, Great Bend 0
Hays-TMP 5, Great Bend 1
Dodge City 1, Wichita South 0
Wichita Heights 3, Liberal 0
Great Bend 7, Wichita SE 1
Garden City 1, Hays High 0
GARDEN CITY (4-1-2, 9-3-2)—Goddard Tournament (L Goddard 2-3; W Buhler 1-0; W Rose Hill 3-0) W Guymon, Okla. 5-1; W * Great Bend 4-0; W Wichita Trinity 5-0; W *Liberal 1-0; W Hays-TMP 2-0; TIE *Dodge City 0-0; L *Hays High 0-3; W *Great Bend 2-1; L Wichita North 0-2; TIE *Dodge City 0-0; W *Hays High 1-0; 5-3—at Hays-TMP; 5-8—*Liberal
HAYS HIGH (4-2-1, 8-4-1)—W Wichita Life; McPherson Tournament (L Topeka 0-1, L Salina South 0-1, W Augusta 3-1); W *Dodge City 1-0; TIE *Liberal 0-0; W Junction City 5-1; W *Great Bend 2-0; W *Garden City 3-0; W *Liberal 1-0, OT; L *Great Bend 0-1, OT; W Hays-TMP 2-0; L *Garden City 0-1; 5-3—*at Dodge City; 5-10—Wichita Trinity
DODGE CITY (2-2-2, 5-6-2)—L SM South 0-6; Titan Classic (L Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel 1-6; W Liberal 1-0 OT; L Wichita Northwest 0-4); W *Liberal 1-0; L *Hays High 0-1; L Hays-TMP 1-2; L *Great Bend 1-2; TIE *Garden City 0-0; W Wichita Trinity 2-0; TIE *Garden City 0-0; W *Great Bend 1-0; W Wichita South 1-0; 5-3—*Hays High; 5-10—*at Liberal
LIBERAL (2-3-1, 4-6-1)—W Wichita Classical 4-1; Titan Classic (L Wichita Carroll 0-6; L Dodge City 0-1, OT; L Wichita East 0-5); L *Dodge City 0-1; TIE *Hays High 0-0; L *Garden City 0-1; W *Great Bend 3-0; W Hays-TMP 6-3; L *Hays High 0-1, OT; W *Great Bend 2-0; Wichita North Tournament (L Wichita Heights 0-3; Circle); 5-8—*at Garden City; 5-10—*Dodge City
GREAT BEND (2-6, 5-8)—W Wichita Independent 7-2; W Emporia 2-1; L *Garden City 0-4; W *Dodge City 2-1; L *Hays High 0-2; L *Liberal 0-3; L *Garden City 1-2; L Hays-TMP 0-3: W *Hays High 1-0, OT; L *Dodge City 0-1; L *Liberal 0-2; L Hays-TMP 1-5; W Wichita Southeast 7-1; 5-3—at Buhler; 5-7—at Manhattan; 5-10—at Junction City