Boys’ soccer advances to championship game after win on Sept. 8

 by Austyn Esser and Collin Kasitz

The varsity boys’ soccer team played Wichita Independent at the McPherson High Soccer Tournament on Sept. 6 and had its first win with a score of 3-1. The tournament included teams from Maize South, Hays, McPherson, Thomas Moore Prep, Salina South, Independence, Augusta and Wichita Independent

With hopes to stay undefeated, the team went on to play Augusta on Sept. 8. This game was the deciding factor whether the team would advance to the championship game of the tournament. The Mavericks defeated Augusta 2-1 on Sept. 8. 

Forward Chase Menzie, 12, went into the Augusta game with expectations exceeding the initial game.

“This was a must-win game to move on to the championship, so we had to play hard and not give up because we aren’t taking second place this year.  We are going to take first (in the tournament),” Menzie said. 

Even after Augusta scored to tie the game, the team continued to play with full intent to win.

“I assisted a goal by Nick Richardson, and I remember our team playing hard and not giving up, even though the other team scored on us late in the game,” Menzie said. 

Richardson, 12, scored both goals for the Mavericks.

Goal keeper Bailey Benter, 9, anticipated a win while protecting the goal the best he could. Letting the other team score passed him was not in the cards for Benter.

“During the free kick when I had to come out, I was not going to let them score,” Benter said.

With two wins beneath its belt, the team continues on to the championship game against Hays on Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. on the McPherson field. This a rematch for the Mavericks, as they played Hays last year at the McPherson tournament and lost.