|
|
|
McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • MHS picks up tough win in overtime

  • It wasn’t quite a month ago McPherson High had to watch as Newton advanced to the winners’ bracket of the McPherson Invitational, where the Railers eventually claimed third place.
    • email print
  • It wasn’t quite a month ago McPherson High had to watch as Newton advanced to the winners’ bracket of the McPherson Invitational, where the Railers eventually claimed third place.
    Friday night, the Bullpups nearly dominated Newton, winning 2-1 in overtime, though the final score could just as easily been an MHS shut out, as Newton’s lone goal came off a McPherson own-goal.
    “It was good to finally come away with one of those close wins,” Bullpup coach Chris Adrian said.
    The Pups and Newton battled for nearly 33 minutes of the first half before McPherson was able to get a good look at the goal. Senior Colleen O’Conner booted in a corner kick with 7:46 showing on the clock that Hailey Ruder headed into the goal, completely faking out Railer goalie Kelsi Langley.
    MHS took the 1-0 lead into the second half, stepping up the defensive pressure and preventing Newton from taking any shots on goal. The score remained the same until the 33rd minute of play, when MHS defender Addie Lanning kicked a pass back to goalie Shaelah White that was misplayed, resulting in the own-goal with 7:02 showing on the clock.
    Neither team was able to gain an advantage for the remaining minutes of regulation, forcing the 10 minute overtime period.
    Both teams came out of the blocks in the extra period with some fire, but it was O’Connor that made the difference for MHS, taking command with 6:47 left in overtime and launching a line-drive kick through the hands of Langley and cinching the game for McPherson.
    “(O’Connor) was determined to get the win,” Adrian said. “Hannah Dalke crossed the ball into her and Colleen just ran through it and just wanted the ball more than the other team.”
    McPherson took seven total shots on Newton’s goal, with Langley making five saves. White stopped the only Newton shot on goal.
    In the JV game, McPherson fell to Newton 1-0. The Railers’ Talea Montano made the goal at the 10:28 mark of the second half.
    Next up for McPherson (2-4-1) is a road trip to Rose Hill on Tuesday. Gametime is at 7 p.m.
      • calendar