Everybody loves a good rivalry. And whether they are playing in football or chess, Hays vs Great Bend is a good rivalry. On Monday it was soccer.
"It's a rival," said Indians head coach Chris Michaelis. "Great Bend is a rivalry and they will always be a rival."
The Indians jumped out to the early lead on their rivals. The scored the first half's only goal when Jordan Windholz got past the goalie and tapped it in for the score.
The Indians stretched their lead in the second when freshman Riley Zimmerman redirected a header past the Panther goalie and then another header by Lane Clark saw Hays go up 3-0.
"Great Bend did get a little more frustrated and that's unfortunate for them an fortunate for us," said Michaelis. "We were able to keep our composure"
The Panthers were frustrated, getting two red cards in the contest, one of which caused them to play a man down for part of the second half.
Great Bend got it's only goal of the game with 12 minutes to go in the game on the Javier Guerra.
"(The win) was huge you know," said Michaelis. "We don't have a super star on our team, we played well as a team."
The Panthers had just broken into the 5A soccer poll at #4, they fall to 4-2 on the season. Hays improves ro 3-2.