Just two weeks ago, Maize South fell at home to Andover Central, only their second loss of the season. Tuesday night the Mavs got a bit of revenge, winning at Andover Central and ending the Jaguars' season in the process, 4-2.
In the previous game, the Mavs saw striker Raul Gerhardus go to the turf and experience a massive seizure which forced a hospitalization. Gerhardus was told two weeks rest was needed before he could return, and he returned in a big way Tuesday, scoring the first goal of the match on a penalty kick just a minute into the game.
Andover Central answered with two straight goals of their own on the feet of Leyton Harper and Jayden Vossen to take a 2-1 lead into the break.
But the second half was dominated by Maize South from the jump, with Cooper Joseph tying the game at 2 less than a minute into the half.
It was the Adam Dyer show from there, with the junior scoring twice, the eventual game winner coming off a set piece and the second just a minute later to seal it for the Mavs.
The win marks the second straight season Maize South reaches the state semifinals. Last fall the Mavs won their Friday night match in a game that went to PKs. To get back they'll have to defeat Shawnee Heights. The Thunderbirds won in overtime over Kansas City-Washington to reach the Final Four.