Red Devils upset Cavaliers in playoffs

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Allen County Community College’s Christian Rodrigues (23) battles with two Johnson County Community College players in an early season game here between the teams. The Cavaliers won that game 3-2 but Tuesday in the Region VI playoffs, the Red Devils upset the No. 1 seeded Johnson County, 3-1.

OVERLAND PARK — They did it again.
Allen County Community College’s men have knocked off a higher seed in the first round of the Region VI soccer playoffs. And for the second year in a row, the upset victim was Johnson County Community College.
Johnson County was the No. 1 seed in this year’s Region VI tournament at 13-5-1. Allen County was No. 8 seeded at 7-8-2. The two teams had played a close regular season soccer game here in Iola Sept. 15. Johnson County won 3-2.
Payback is tough. Allen County sent the Cavaliers packing Tuesday. The Red Devils scored the upset win, 3-1, on the JCCC field.
“We just really play well in the playoffs,” said Doug Desmarteau, ACCC soccer coach. “Our conference was tight this year. Fourth through ninth place were decided on the final day of play.”
Allen County reaches the Region VI Final Four for the fourth straight year. Three of those years were first-round wins over Johnson County.
The Red Devils (8-8-2) move into the regional semifinals to play fourth-seeded Cloud County (11-7-2) at 4 p.m. Saturday. The semifinal games and the champion game are played at Hummer Park in Topeka.
In the other semifinal are ninth-ranked Barton County and 12th-ranked Garden City. That game is at 6:30 p.m.
The championship game is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
On Tuesday, the Red Devils held a 1-0 halftime lead. The goal was scored by Christian Rodriguez on an assist from Zack Doolan.
With 20 minutes remaining in the game, Tyler Hageman made a crossing shot that hit a Johnson County defender and bounced into the net. Johnson County came back and made it 2-1.
Lehi Ortega added an insurance goal for the Red Devils with eight minutes on the clock.
Zack Hanks was in goal for the Red Devils. He made 15 saves in the game.
The ACCC men defeated Coffeyville 2-0 in their final regular season game Oct. 21. The ACCC women lost to Coffeyville 3-0 to finish 4-7 in Jayhawk Conference and 4-13 overall.