Miami, OK-As cliche as it sounds: all good things eventually come to an end.
For Garden City, their appearance in the Plains District semifinals caught most of the country off guard. But for Head Coach Charles Long, there were no surprises.
"This team has worked hard all season long," Long said following his team's 4-1 loss to Hill College on Thursday night. "We just ran into a team that had more speed than us. We hadn't seen that kind of speed all season."
Hill (12-5) controlled the match from the onset, scoring first when Tim Ugo squeezed one past John Avalos in the 28th minute. Then Fabian Zuniga added a second goal in the final seconds of the opening period on a sensational bicycle kick to make it 2-0 at the half.
"That was an incredible goal," Long said. "You don't see that very often."
Garden City (12-10-1) made things interesting early in the second half when Marcos Fernandez scored on Humberto Smith's assist in the 47th minute. But after holding Hill College scoreless the next 20, Tristan Cavazos broke through before Tawwab Emiola put the finishing touches with a goal in the 80th minute.
"We made it further than anyone else expected," Long said. "We finished as the No. 8 seed and were within one game of reaching the National Tournament. I would say that's a good year."
Hill outshot Garden City 17-14 with the Broncbusters recording seven shots on goal. Avalos made six saves.
The Rebels advance to play Cloud County in Friday's district title game with both teams having already punched their ticket to nationals.