Panthers' Sanchez keys 1-0 win over Liberal

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Oct. 19—BY JIM MISUNAS

jmisunas@gbtribune.com

A spectacular play by Juan Sanchez rescued the Great Bend soccer team. Sanchez chipped in a free kick by teammate Gustavo Alvarado with 1:31 left for a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Liberal Monday.

Sanchez was fouled by a Liberal player, who was given a yellow card for the aggressive foul from 40 yards out. Alvarado lofted an accurate kick that Sanchez deflected past goalie Sam Hernandez.

"It was a well defended game. Liberal eliminated our space and made it difficult. Luckily, we held it together and built an attack to find that late goal. We played a full game and worked together. It's been a while since we did that. This is one we needed playing at home. It's good to get a win to build momentum heading to Thursday."

The Western Athletic Conference victory boosted Great Bend (5-9-1, 2-5-1) into third place. The Panthers are seeded 11th and would play at Emporia (7-4-1) in the 5A soccer regional if seedings remain the same.

The Panthers play McPherson at home Thursday.

"We feel good because of the quality teams we've played," Loera said. "We've played Dodge City, the strongest team we've played. We'll be confident regardless of who we play."

Alex Galindo, Sanchez, Jonathan Pasos and Alvarado had quality shots against Liberal's goalie Hernandez.

Panther goalie Edwin Chavez earned his second shutout keyed by defenders Brian Cervantes, Jaden Hartshorn, Sanchez, Salvador Garcia, Gustavo Alvarado and Carlos Batres. Chavez saved a quality shot by Liberal's Felix Nam Nguyen for the Redskins' best chance. Another shot hit the post and Nguyen's close shot was deflected.

WESTERN ATHLETIC

Dodge City 7-0 14-0-1

Garden City 6-2 11-4

Great Bend 2-5-1 5-9-1

Liberal 2-6 5-10

Hays High 1-6-1 4-10-1

GREAT BEND (2-5-1, 5-9-1)—W *Liberal 2-1; W Emporia 3-2; L Derby 1-3; W Wichita Northwest 2-1; TIE *Hays 1-1; L Maize South 1-4; L Wichita Trinity 1-5; L * Hays 1-2; L *Dodge City 0-6; L *Garden City 1-2; W Hays TMP 8-0; L *Garden City 1-4; L Junction City 1-4; L *Dodge City 0-10; W *Liberal 1-0; 10-21—McPherson

PROJECTED 5A REGIONALS

1 Goddard Eisenhower 12-1-1 vs. 15 Maize High 3-9-2/18 Topeka West (0-14-1) winner; 8 Goddard 7-6-1 vs. 9 Wichita Kapaun Mt. Carmel 7-6-2

4 Andover Central 9-5 vs. Hays High 4-10-1; 5—Valley Center 9-5 vs. 12 Salina South 4-8-2

2 Maize South 12-1-1 vs. 16 Arkansas City (1-11)/17 Salina Central (1-12); 7 Newton 7-6-1 vs. 10 Andover 7-7

3 Wichita Carroll 10-4-1 vs. 14 Topeka Seaman 4-10; 6Emporia 7-4-1 vs. 11 Great Bend 5-9-1

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