By Mike Pilosof
Photo by Adam Shrimplin
Dodge City, KS-Locked into a playoff spot, there wasn't anything Garden City could do to catch Dodge City. But it wasn't like they needed any extra motivation.
Unfortunately, the Conquistadors got the last laugh in this one.
Eduardo Da Silva scored the go-ahead goal in the 77th minute, and the Conquistadors squeaked past the Broncbusters 1-0 Sunday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Garden City finished the regular season at 6-9 and 4-6 in conference play. They open the postseason Sunday, Oct. 27, likely at Cowley.
In one of the most physical games of the season (there were five yellow cards issues), the Broncbusters had every chance to steal one on enemy turf. Bu in the 77th minute, Riccardo Baldassarre lofted a perfect pass off a corner that Da Silva headed past Gabriel Melo. It was the decisive blow, one that wrapped up the No. 3 seed in the Jayhawk West for the Conquistadors.
Garden City was outshot 16-2. Melo recorded six saves.