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  • MHS falls to Andover Central 3-2

  • Nearly a full year after breaking her leg and ending her season, McPherson High senior Colleen O’Connor returned to McPherson Stadium and looked determined to pull the Bullpups to an opening-round win in the seventh annual McPherson Invitational Tuesday night.
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  • Nearly a full year after breaking her leg and ending her season, McPherson High senior Colleen O’Connor returned to McPherson Stadium and looked determined to pull the Bullpups to an opening-round win in the seventh annual McPherson Invitational Tuesday night.
    Unfortunately, McPherson’s overall inexperience gave the 2012 invite runners-up an advantage, which the Jaguars capitalized on to win 3-2.
    “We’re playing good teams right at the start,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “Salina Central’s a good team, (Andover Central) is a great team. We can’t get discouraged with defeats, because we’re right in it.”
    Neither team seemed willing to give an inch in the first half, with both defenses keeping the opposing offense from getting a good look at the goal. MHS goalie Shaelah White, in particular, had a strong series at around the 14 minute mark of the first half, blocking a couple of shots on goal by Andover Central forwards in spectacular fashion.
    The Jaguars drew first blood, however, when sophomore Masen Stamp blasted in a rocket with 3:09 left in the half.
    A mental error by the Bullpups gave the Jaguars a 2-0 lead just 2:50 into the second period off an own-goal.
    O’Connor, though, fired up the Bullpups with a score off a penalty kick at 21:06. Adrian then made an offensive adjustment, shifting senior Hailey Ruder from defense to offense, making an immediate impact on the game. Ruder scored not two minutes later, tieing the score at 2-2 and keeping the Bullpup rally going.
    “All of these practices where we can’t be outside has kind of hurt us a little bit,” Adrian said. “Every game we’re changing a little bit, kind of tinkering with things to find what’s working. We bring (Ruder) forward, we’re going to score a lot of goals. The question becomes, ‘can we score more than the other team?’”
    McPherson fought hard for the third goal to take the game, but Andover Central’s Stamp once again proved to be the difference maker, arcing a high shot over White’s head with 14:44 left for what would be the eventual game-winner, 3-2.
    Andover Central took seven shots on goal, with White stopping five of them. McPherson took six shots, with Jaguar goalie Evan Stamp stopping four.
    Despite the loss, Adrian was pleased with his team’s effort, noting, as young as the Bullpup’s are, they are still trying to find their identity somewhat.
    “I think our freshmen and our underclassmen, that experience will come gradually,” Adrian said.
    “They’re still trying to learn the positions we have them in. As that comes, I think we’ll turn into more of a balanced team, where we can score and defend at the same time.”
    Page 2 of 2 - McPherson will move onto the consolation bracket, where they will play Thursday at 4 p.m. against Topeka, who lost to Maize South 7-2 in Tuesday’s 6 p.m. game.
    Newton 2, Salina South 0
    The Railers defeated the Cougars 2-0 in the tournament’s opening game Tuesday at McPherson Stadium, with sophomore Chloe Woodward providing both Newton goals.
    Woodward didn’t score until nearly halfway through the first half, getting the first one through at the 23:20 mark. She didn’t have to wait long for the second goal, driving it home at 20:12.
    Newton made their two goals on only three shots, while the Cougars took five. Railer goalie Kelsi Lanely blocked all five. Salina South goalie McKenzie Haynes stopped one.
    Newton will face Hays Thursday at 6 p.m. Salina South will take on Augusta at 2 p.m.
    Hays 5, Augusta 0
    The defending 2012 McPherson Invitational champions made a strong statement for a repeat Tuesday afternoon, shutting out Augusta 5-0.
    The Indians scored most of their shots in the first half, and had production from five different players.
    The first goal came not 10 minutes in from senior Shelby Dinkel. Hays also had first half goals from Lacey Pfannenstiel, Michelle Linville and Taylor Herman.
    Indian senior Megan Bird scored on a penalty kick at 26:01 in the second half for the final goal of the game.
    Hays took 19 shots on goal, while the Orioles never got close enough to take a shot. Indian goal keeper Taylor Childers stopped 14 shots.
    Hays faces Newton Thursday in the 6 p.m. game. Augusta takes on Salina South at 2 p.m.
    Maize South 7, Topeka 2
    Maize South blitzed the Trojans the entire 80 minutes of game play Tuesday evening, scoring four goals in the first and adding three more in the second to advance 7-2.
    Maverick sophomore Ryann Burnett picked up a hat trick in the first half; the final shot going in at the 5:17 mark of the opening period. Madison Adams added the fourth goal in the first half for Maize South.
    Burnett added a fourth goal with 30:55 left in the second, while Julia Thoms added another barely a minute later. Yvetter Aguilar added the third with five minutes to go in the game.
    Abby Ostrander and Jordan Vigola had the two Topeka goals.
    Maize South took eight shots on goal, while Topeka had seven.
    Maize South will take on Andover Central at 8 p.m. Thursday, while Topeka faces McPherson in the 4 p.m. game.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter, @SwickSentinel.
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