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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • MHS drops Topeka 2-1 in McPherson Invite

  • A weight was lifted off the shoulders of the McPherson High girls soccer team Thursday afternoon as the clocked counted down to zero in the consolation semifinals of the McPherson Invitational.
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  • A weight was lifted off the shoulders of the McPherson High girls soccer team Thursday afternoon as the clocked counted down to zero in the consolation semifinals of the McPherson Invitational.
    The Bullpups, in defeating Topeka High School 2-1, picked up their first win of the season and will move to the consolation semifinals against Salina South Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
    For MHS coach Chris Adrian, Thursday’s win was much needed.
    “You could see it on the girls’ faces afterwards,” Adrian said. “It was like ‘All right, here we go.’”
    McPherson started off with fire, as freshman Paige Schmidt drilled a shot into the Topeka goal barely three minutes into the game off an assist from Hannah Dalke.
    An injury to defender Breckon Kaufman not long after forced Adrian to shift his lineup around, which caused a little confusion at first and allowed Topeka to get its only goal, a shot from Maria Munoz at the 19:29 mark of the first half.
    “We couldn’t play how we wanted, exactly,” Adrian said. “Half time allowed us to get more organized and we came out attack minded.”
    McPherson’s Colleen O’Connor drew a foul a little over 20 minutes into the second half and buried the free kick to give the Pups the go-ahead goal and the eventual game-winner.
    McPherson took eight shots on goal to Topeka’s one.
    Adrian was pleased with the intensity his team showed in the win.
    “It’s always tough to come back on the consolation side,” Adrian said. “But I told the girls, the second place team comes out of the tournament 2-1. That’s out goal, to make sure we win our next two games.”
    The Pups will face Salina South in the consolation finals Saturday at 2 p.m. The Cougars advanced with a 1-0, double-overtime win over Augusta. The Trojans and the Orioles will meet in the seventh place game at noon on Saturday.
    In the championship bracket, Andover Central will face Hays in the title game at 6 p.m.
    ACHS advanced with a 2-1 win over Maize South that went to an overtime shootout after both regulation and overtime ended with a 1-1 tie. The Jaguars won the shootout 3-1.
    Hays beat Newton in spectacular fashion to set up a rematch of the 2012 McPherson Invitational championship. The Indians and the Railers had fought to a 0-0 tie with .5 seconds showing on the game clock when Hays’ Taylor Herman slipped a shot by Newton goalie Kelsi Langley for the literal last second win.

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