By JEREMY McGUIRE
GARDEN CITY, Kan.-The two teams sitting atop the the soccer standings of the Western Athletic Conference battled in Garden City on Monday night and the match lived up to the hype going in. Both Hays High and Garden City entered into the match with identical 6-1-1 records but with Garden holding the upper hand in the WAC standings at 3-0 and Hays High at 2-0-1.
It was all defense early with both teams going scoreless in the first half. It took just over 20 minutes into the second half before the Lady Indians would light up the scoreboard on a shot from Taleia McCrae in the game’s 61st minute. McCrae was able to find the back of the net after the ball pin-balled around in front of the Lady Buffalo goal. McCrae rocketed the ball off the goalie’s hands for a 1-0 Hays High lead.
Garden City would answer with the equalizer in the 72nd minute. The Lady Buffaloes were able to get free on the backside of the Hays High defense and scored only the fifth goal of the season against the Lady Indians. The two teams continued to battle throughout regulation and two 10 minute overtime periods but neither team scored again and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Hays High moves to 6-1-2 on the season and 2-0-2 in the WAC. The Lady Indians have another long road trip on Thursday when they travel to Liberal.
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