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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • MHS falls to Salina South in Mac Invite 2-1

  • It wasn’t the way the McPherson High girls soccer team wanted to end the McPherson Invitational Saturday afternoon.
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  • It wasn’t the way the McPherson High girls soccer team wanted to end the McPherson Invitational Saturday afternoon.
    Much like the Augusta-Topeka game before it, MHS and Salina South had fought to a double-overtime stalemate at 1-1, necessitating penalty kicks to decide the fifth place winner. Unfortunately, the Bullpups had run out of steam, allowing the Cougars to win the PK battle and the game 2-1.
    The first half ended with a 0-0, but McPherson was able to strike first in the second half, with Colleen O’Connor scoring not 90 seconds into play. Salina South responded five minutes later with a goal that snuck past MHS goalie Shaelah White. Neither team was able to get a game-winner to go in during regulation or the two overtime periods.
    O’Connor went first for McPherson (1-3) on PKs, nailing hers through, but the rest of MHS’ kicks were all blocked by Cougar goalie McKenzie Haynes. Salina South netted four of theirs to take the win.
    The two teams are slated to meet once again tonight at McPherson Stadium. Game time is slated for 7:15 p.m.
    In what was the only game Saturday to not resort to penalty kicks, Andover Central repeated as the McPherson Invitational champions on the back of tournament MVP Evan Stamp, defeating Hays 2-0.
    Stamp not only blocked all seven Hays shots on goal, but she also scored the Jaguars’ first goal of the night, a penalty kick with 50 seconds left in the game. Caitlin Orgera added an insurance goal in the second half at the 6:03 mark.
    Newton captured third place with a 2-1 win over Maize South after going 3-0 in penalty kicks to decide the winner.
    Topeka and Augusta also went to penalty kicks, with the Trojans pulling out the 2-1 win for seventh.
    Topeka won the shootout 3-2.

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