HAYS — The Arkansas City High School boys soccer team lived to play another day.
The Bulldogs marched into Hays for a play-in game Monday afternoon in the Class 5A Regional Tournament, and marched out with a 1-0 victory.
“It was a great battle to keep our season alive for the boys in some miserable conditions,” ACHS coach Andy Stone said. “The freezing weather conditions really tested the boys both mentally and physically. They passed that test with flying colors.”
Junior Chris Arcos scored the only goal of the game off a feed from senior Leon Mena.
“We showed great character and determination tonight,” Stone said. “I felt overall we deserved the win, but no doubt it was a very close game to the very end.”
Sophomore Gabriel dos Santos recorded the shutout with a 10-save performance.
“I am especially proud of the way we defended as team,” Stone said. “It was great for the boys to record their first shutout of the season.”
The No. 17-seeded Bulldogs (4-13) advanced to play Tuesday at No. 1-seeded Goddard-Eisenhower (15-0-1).
“I would like to thank those traveling fans who made the long four-hour trip to support us,” Stone said. “We are blessed to have such loyal support. I know the boys really appreciated it.”
Rose Hill 5, Winfield 0
ROSE HILL — The season came to an end for the Winfield Vikings, who had won Class 4-3-2-1A Regional titles in three of the past four years.
The 10th-seeded Vikings were shut out 5-0 on Monday at No. 7-seeded Rose Hill in the West Region semifinals.
Seniors playing their final game for the Vikings (6-11) were Ty Biby, Ryker Hill, Trevor Martin and Victor Peroo. Thomas Halstead was hurt in the Goddard game and wasn’t able to play.
“Certainly hated to fall in the opening round of the playoffs,” WHS coach Charles Osen said. “We have tasted the joys of postseason wins in the past few years and I hate that this group won’t get to share in that. Rose Hill is a tough team for us, we really don’t match up very well against them.”
The Rockets (10-6-1) led 3-0 at halftime.
“Being the underdog, I wanted this game to stay tight as long as possible,” Osen said. “Unfortunately for us, they hit a long ball that I thought was offside, but we didn’t get that call. And then we had a couple of costly clearing attempts that went to the center of the field and gave them good chances that they cashed in.”
The Rockets advanced to the title game against the winner of Tuesday’s semifinal game between No. 2 Buhler and No. 15 Wichita Independent.