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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • McPherson, Salina South fight to 1-1 tie

  • It was a touch of deja vu Tuesday night, as the McPherson High girls soccer team and Salina South faced each other for the second time in four days, with both games going into double overtime.
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  • It was a touch of deja vu Tuesday night, as the McPherson High girls soccer team and Salina South faced each other for the second time in four days, with both games going into double overtime.
    Unlike Saturday, however, Tuesday night’s game wouldn’t end in penalty kicks, as tournament play mandates, with time running out on both teams, resulting in a 1-1 tie.
    “That was the best we’ve played by far,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “Especially, because it was the same team we played (Saturday). And our improvement from that game you could see. We strung six, seven passes together and we didn’t do that at all in the first game when we played them.”
    The Lady Pups and the Cougars went at it back and forth for the entirety of the game, both teams showcasing an energy they had been lacking in the Saturday contest after three hard-fought games each in the McPherson Invitational.
    Salina South struck first after nearly 15 minutes of hard-hitting soccer, as senior Allie Harvey slid a shot past MHS goalie Shaelah White at with 26:34 left in the period.
    The Bullpups showed their aggressive side in the second half, which paid off at the 23:20 mark, when Hailey Ruder broke away and drilled a shot past Cougar goalie McKenzie Haynes. Neither team could make a game-winner go through the net, though McPherson had several close looks that went just wide.
    Overtime showed much the same story, as McPherson had several solid looks, but Haynes and her defenders were able to block out the Pups attempts in both overtimes, resulting in the tie.
    Adrian was pleased with his players’ efforts, especially those of his three seniors.
    “Colleen (O’Connor), Hailey (Ruder) and Hannah (Dalke) all three played just awesome,” Adrian said. “They really wanted it.”
    The Bullpups (1-4) never gave up after giving up the first half goal, which Adrian said is indicative of his team, as a whole.
    “They don’t get down on each other, they keep trusting each other,” Adrian said. “It’s a huge improvement over what we’ve seen in the past. Everyone’s getting touches; if we have to pass it back to a defender, we don’t have a problem with that.”
    MHS took seven total shots on goal, while Salina South had four. White stopped three goals.
    In the junior varsity game, McPherson dropped a 3-1 decision to Salina South. The Cougars scored all three of their goals in the first half, while Olivia Hansen scored the loan MHS goal with 29:04 to go in the second half. The Pups had one shot on goal, while Salina South took five.
    Page 2 of 2 - Next up for MHS is a home game against Hutchinson on Monday. Game time from McPherson Stadium is approximately 7:15 p.m. That will be followed by a road game Tuesday against Valley Center.
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