WICHITA — The Great Bend High School boys’ soccer team won the Titans Classic in Wichita on Saturday, beating Garden City 3-1.
The win accomplishes something that the Panthers have not done in school history.
“It is the first time that we’ve won the tournament in school history,” GBHS head coach Gus Prieto said. “It is about time, too. We made the finals last year in both the boys and the girls seasons.”
The game, though against a Western Athletic Conference opponent, does not count toward the Panthers’ WAC record.
Noel Rodriguez got the scoring started about 20 minutes into the match, according to Gus Prieto.
Michael Prieto followed five minutes later with another goal, giving GBHS a 2-0 lead at the half.
“It was a really good game,” Gus Prieto said. “They started very strong for the first 15 minutes, and then we started to control the ball. In the last 20 minutes of the first half, we had several chances to score.”
The Buffaloes cut the lead to one goal early in the second half, but Panthers forward Oscar Torres made it 3-1 in the final 10 minutes of the game.
The classic started on Monday, with GBHS beating Circle (Towanda) 7-2.
The Panthers played again on Wednesday, beating Mulvane 12-1 and ending the game after the first half due to the 10-goal rule.
Michael Prieto led the team with four goals against Mulvane. Enrique Guyton also recorded a hat trick with three goals.