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August 26th, 2019

alarconfirstgoalKim Alarcon kicks the ball by Wichita South goalkeeper Maddie Garcia in the seventh minute of the first half to give the Lady Redskins a 1-0 lead. Alarcon scored three goals in a 4-0 shutout in the first round of the Class 6A soccer playoffs. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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Kim Alarcon proved why she was named the Liberal High School Female Athlete of the Year Monday when she led the Lady Redskins to their second playoff win in school history, scoring three goals in a 4-0 win over Wichita South.

Alarcon shined beginning with her first goal after slipping by two Titan defenders with a slow pass to herself and then beating the back defenders and drawing the goalkeeper away from the net for a shot to the corner of the goal in the seventh minute of the first half.

Liberal coach Carlos Ruiz gave Alarcon a breather, and when she returned to the field her first possession of the ball led to another score when she attacked from the right side of the goal, entered the box and launched a shot high to the left that hit the topcross bar and ricocheted into the net in the 16th minute of the first half for a 2-0 Liberal lead.

Liberal’s next goal came from Jasmine Hernandez after the ball was loose in front of the Wichita South net, and it caromed off of Hernandez and into the goal in the 18th minute of the first half, and the Lady Redskins had a 3-0 lead.

Liberal received a yellow card on the defensive end, and Ruiz moved Alarcon off of the attack and on to defense to avoid the possibility of a red card, and while that may have slowed the offense, it also helped the defense, and South had few opportunities to get shots at the Lady Redskin goal.

With Alarcon on defense, the Lady Redskins continued to keep the ball near the Titan goal, but they could not get a clean shot.

But Alarcon found her way back to the offensive side of the field, and she launched a shot from 35 yards away with a high arc. The ball sailed over Garcia’s hands and bounced into the net for Alarcon’s third goal of the game and the 4-0 lead.

Ruiz made massive substitutions the rest of the game, and Liberal cruised to the 4-0 win behind Alarcon’s hat trick.

“We haven’t scored four goals all season,” Ruiz said. “We chose the right night to do it. Our two seniors (Alarcon and Gisselle Melendez) played outstanding soccer. We played really well as a unit.”

South tried to rally, but the Lady Red defense didn’t allow many chances.

“They had two very talented players,” Ruiz said. “We knew they would be looking for each other. Both are going to Newman University. Our girls kept them in check. Our defensive game was great, and our offensive game spoke for itself.”

And Alarcon was playing her final game at Redskin Field with a purpose.

“I came out ready to play,” she said. “I was hungry, and I wanted some goals tonight.”

Alarcon was also ready to play defense when needed.

“Kenia Martinez got a yellow card pretty early in the game,” Ruiz said. “We had to adjust. We need her for Thursday. Kim jumped up and said she would play there. We knew we would be solid. We played Kenia up top to avoid a red.”

The strategy worked, and Alarcon still added the late goal.

“It was a throwback to how I scored on Dodge,” Alarcon said. “I felt the shot and took it. It was high. I didn’t see it coming, to be honest.”

Liberal will likely play No. 1 seed Topeka Washburn Rural Thursday, but Ruiz said the tough schedule has the Lady Redskins ready to face anyone.

“Our schedule has been tough,” he said. “It has helped a lot in big games like this, with Garden — they are No. 2 seed. We played them twice and stuck with them both games. We played North well, too. The schedule we played got us ready for today. We are peaking at the right time.”

The Lady Redskins (7-7-3) will likely play Topeka Washburn (14-2) Thursday.

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