Liberal wins 10th straight WAC soccer title
Friday, 22 October 2010 15:15
Daily Leader staff report
DODGE CITY — The Liberal Redskin boys soccer team captured its 10th straight Western Athletic Conference championship on Thursday night. But the 1-1 tie almost turned into an upset as the Demons jumped to an early lead, forcing the Redskins to have to rally from behind.
Not unlike their game in Liberal last month, when Dodge City took an early lead and Liberal rallied to win it.
Dodge City (11-2-1), ranked No. 6 in the state in all classes, scored when Victor Millan found the back of the net in the fifth minute. Alan Rojas got the assist.
Then for most of the rest of the match, it looked like the Demons would hold that lead and pull the upset.
But Liberal (13-1-3) is ranked No. 2 in the state for a reason. And with 8:33 to go in the second half, Isai Gutierrez scored for the Redskins off an assist from Hector Mata.
Head coach Lori Navarro said the Redskins should have won it 2-1 after a goal was called back on an offsides with three minutes left.
“It was a great game with many controversial calls against us, including a goal that was taken away,” Navarro said. “The goal was not an offsides goal after reviewing the film.
“Otherwise, we win the game 2-1.”
Had Dodge City won, it would have claimed a share of the WAC championship.
“I’m not so disappointed,” Navarro said. “They have a very strong team and it seems like anytime they play us they’re just even stronger. So we knew it was going to be hostile going into Dodge City. We didn’t expect anything less.
“The one thing that we knew was that we could not lose that game. We were not going to take a loss simply because we would have to share the title.
“Sharing is not fun.”
Liberal is the No. 1 seed in its region and will play host to Wichita West on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Redskin Field in the first round of the playoffs.
Should Liberal continue its winning ways, it would host on Oct. 28 and Nov. 2.