The soccer field was cut in half on Tuesday with regional semifinal play wrapping up across Kansas.
Let's start in Haysville. Campus was hosting a Wichita North team that many expected to be a contender coming into the year. A tough schedule with trips to Kansas City many weekends saddled the Redskins with an 8-7-1 overall mark and the 11 seed heading into the postseason.
Expectations aside, it was the Colts, lead by an outstanding performance from keeper Rylan Walter that send North home after just one game, 4-0.
The first half was controlled by the Redskins, with the possession heavily in North's favor. But Walter was up to the task, flying around the net coming up with save after save to send the game to break scoreless.
In the second half, Campus broke through. 15 minutes into the half, Hassan Almood ended up with the ball off a throw in, and only a defender between him and the net. Almood was money, finding the corner to make the score 1-0.
They didn't stop. Cole Thompson sent home a PK to make it 2-0, and shortly after Erick Rojas Jimenez made it three Colt goals in a 10 minute span.
They would add one more for good measure for the to bring home the 4-0 win, with Walter's clean sheet to thank for that.
The Colts will go to Dodge City and try to hand the Red Demons just their third loss of the season with the winner advancing to the state quarters.
Earlier in the afternoon, East High took on Wichita Southeast in the 8/9 game between two league rivals.
The match was active from the jump, but with East keeping the ball most of the game they put Southeast keeper Jonathan Davis through the ringer. And for most of the first half, he kept the Blue Aces out of the net.
That was until Jayden Bowlsby connected barely a minute after the Buffaloes had a try at a free kick, getting by the defense to make it 1-0.
In the second half, Myles Reed doubled it, sending a penalty kick into the back of the net to make the score 2-0.
They would add one more score to make it a 3-0 final, advancing to face the top seed in class 6A Washburn Rural on Thursday night.
--Derby and Lawrence Free State played the match of the night, with the 12th seeded Firebirds giving the 5 seed Derby all they could handle. Two overtime periods weren't enough to produce a winner, so it went to PK's where Derby came away with the 6-5 advantage to move on to face 4 seed Liberal.
--Elsewhere in class 6A, Garden City came away with a 3-0 win over Topeka. They'll travel to #2 Manhattan, who blanked Hutchinson Tuesday, in what should be a great match Thursday night.
--In class 5A, Great Bend might be the Cinderella story of the state playoffs so far. They finished 15th out of 18 teams in the 5A bracket, forced to win a play-in game Monday. After beating Newton, the Panthers went to 13-3 Salina Central and came away with another victory, sending the 2 seed home. The Panthers are on a roll--just two weeks ago they gave Dodge City their first loss of the season. Next up they go back to Salina, with the South Cougars waiting after beating Valley Center in PKs Monday.
--Seeds 1, 3 & 4 all came away with shutout wins to start out regionals. Andover Central blanked Ark City 7-0, they meet Kapaun who won on the road at Heights 3-1. Maize South knocked off Northwest 4-0 on Monday. Up next for the Mavs, a red hot Eisenhower team that rattled off 8 consecutive wins before falling in the season finale to Andover Central. Finally, McPherson held on for a tough 1-0 win over upset minded Hays. Mac will host Bishop Carroll in a battle of 13-4 teams.
--Finally in 4-1A, the 3 and 6 seeds were already sent packing in a pair of upsets. 3 seed Bishop Seabury fell to #14 Wichita-Trinity, who went to Lawrence and won big, 6-0. Trinity will get 11 seed Topeka-Hayden who took home a tight 1-0 win at Chanute.
--More upsets highlighted the pod below. #4 Augusta and #5 Wichita Classical both fell in their regional semifinals, with #13 Wichita Independent getting by the Orioles 2-1 and #12 Winfield besting Classical 3-2.
--It was chalk the rest of the way. Top seed Coffeyville will meet #8 TMP, while Buhler won big over Circle and will host Berean Academy in the regional finals Thursday