Eisenhower outslugs Maize South in Match of the Year Candidate

Just three teams in the entire state of Kansas entered the final two weeks of play with unblemished records. Two of them met up Tuesday night, and it was a match that lived up to it's billing.

Four lead changes. Three ties. Two hat tricks.

Ten goals, with Eisenhower winning a slugfest, 6-4 the final score.

Just under 10 minutes in, Landon Eskridge got things started for Maize South, heading in a perfect cross from Brayden Parker to give the Mavs the early lead. It didn't take long for Eisenhower to level it, when off a corner kick Carlos Fernandez scored on a second effort to tie it at 1.

Later in the half, it was Eskridge again, scoring his second of the match, but again Eisenhower would tie it, this time of the best goal of the day. Off an Ethan Doud set piece, the ball was passed back to Christian Raffinengo who off a chest pass to himself booted it home from distance to make it 2-2, a score that would hold until halftime.

That kicked off a run for Raffinengo, who scored three straight goals to give himself a hat trick and bring the score to 4-2 Ike. But this time it was Maize South that came from behind, starting with Eskridge popping a shot over the keeper's head to make it dueling hat tricks.

Then after a foul just inches from the 18 yard box, Raul Gerhardus bent a shot past the wall and by the keeper to tie the match at 4--the fourth goal in a less than 10 minute span.

But the last quarter of the match was all Tigers, starting with off a corner, Fernandez hit a header that was just slightly touched by Isaac Shumaker, enough to push it past the keeper and make it 5-4. Max Raffinengo hit a strike to the top corner of the net for insurance as Eisenhower went on to take it 6-4.

Now with a 14-0 record, the Tigers have a week off to prepare for Derby before finishing the year at Andover Central. Their final two opponents are a combined 23-1-1, with the Jaguars the final remaining unbeaten team in the state alongside Ike. Maize South will go to Rose Hill on Tuesday before also meeting unbeaten Andover Central in the final week of the season.