The Cowley College men’s soccer team kept Garden City on the defensive throughout Sunday afternoon’s 3-1 victory in the quarterfinals of the Region VI Tournament at Bulldog Stadium.
The second-seeded Tigers (11-1-2) advanced to the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Friday against third-seeded Cloud County at Bulldog Stadium. The Thunderbirds (12-4-1) sneaked past Kansas City 2-1 on Sunday.
“Cloud (County) has a lot of talented players and brings a lot of intensity to the game,” Cowley coach Ruy Vaz said. “It’s a rivalry type game, so we need to buckle up and be ready.”
Cowley outshot the Broncbusters (6-9) 24-4.
“I was quite delighted in the way the guys stepped up and understood the importance of Sunday’s game,” Vaz said. “We asserted our dominance the entire game.”
The Tigers scored first thanks to a goal from Lucas Mauro with 15 minutes left in the first half. Mauro’s ninth goal of the season was assisted by Leonardo Palmieri.
Sophomore Elluan Martins Gomes scored back-to-back goals in a two-minute span of the second half to increase the lead to 3-0. Martins Gomes leads the Tigers with 13 goals.
“Elluan likes to score goals in big moments,” Vaz said.
Garden City snapped the shutout with less than five minutes remaining on an unassisted goal by Leon Alves.
Antonio Marra anchored the midfield, while Mateo Jimenez provided solid play on the back line. Goalkeeper Ramiro Diez recorded two saves while picking up his 11th win.