Valley Center came to McPherson Stadium Monday on a hot streak.

Valley Center came to McPherson Stadium Monday on a hot streak.

Winners of eight straight, the Hornets hadn’t really been challenged yet this season, only really getting a challenge from Derby in a 1-0 overtime win Thursday. Despite this, or maybe because of the challenge, McPherson High played fearless for over 85 minutes of play, taking Valley Center once more into overtime and falling just short of the upset 3-2.

“We played with confidence,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “It didn’t matter what their record was, we knew we were going to come out and give them a game.”

Neither team gave an inch for nearly 30 minutes in the first half.

The first break came for Valley Center as senior Madison Wedekind punched in a shot off a perfect pass from freshman Kennedy Weaver to make it 1-0 with 12:49 left to go in the half.

The Hornets would go up 2-0 as Wedekind once again found the net in an almost identical play just two minutes later.

McPherson got on the scoreboard with 7:59 left to go in the half, as Hailey Ruder set up freshman Paige Schmidt for the goal to make it 2-1 Valley Center.

It was Schmidt’s first goal of her high school career.

The Pups tied it up late in the second half as senior Colleen O’Connor had a penalty kick fall just inside the line bouncing the ball first off the top of the goal. Regulation would end with the score 2-2.

The two teams again battled hard in the extra period, with the sudden shift in winds as a cold front swept through helping Valley Center keep the ball on the McPherson half of the field. Wedekind would hit the game-winner with 2:48 left in the first overtime.

McPherson goalie Shaelah White had a phenomenal game in goal for the Bullpups (4-5-1), stopping six of the nine Hornet shots.

“She did great,” Adrian said of his goalie’s efforts. “She had a one-on-one save late in the second half that kept us in the game.”

Adrian gave Valley Center (9-0) a lot of credit after the game.

“They’re a great team, that’s for sure,” he said. “But I was really proud of our girls. We hung with them.”

The JV also fell to the Hornets 3-0. That game was played second due to concerns about the weather.

McPherson has no time to rest, as they turn around and host Winfield tonight at 7:15 p.m., weather permitting.

It will be a busy week for McPherson, as they play three times this week, all at home. They host Mulvane Friday, also at 7:15 p.m.