It doesn’t get much more exciting than the second half of McPherson’s 4-2 over Salina South Thursday at McPherson Stadium.
The Bullpups were looking for some revenge against the Cougars, who had ended MHS’ undefeated streak to open the season Saturday in the finals of the Maize South Invitational.
McPherson came out swinging, but that energy trailed off about ten minutes into the game, as South sophomore Jose Escobedo scored twice to leave the Pups staring at a 2-0 deficit at halftime. The Bullpups did have multiple opportunities, but their shots either went wide or Cougar goalkeeper Ethan Brandre made a stop.
“We knew, realistically, the score was not 2-0,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “We gave them two goals, we made two bad mistakes. But they did not come out [in the second half] heads down, moping because they made a mistake. They really showed their character today.”
The Pups still struggled a little to start the second half, but a shift of forward Adam Bowers to a more offensive position gave McPherson (5-1) the spark they were looking for. Bowers energized the offense, leading to a Dylan Blosser goal with just under 11 minutes played in the second half to get McPherson on the scoreboard 2-1.
Bowers would then have a near-miss at a goal six minutes later, as Brandre made a nigh impossible stop in the net, but the Bullpup senior responded 15 seconds later with a goal off an assist from Ryan Horton to tie the game at 2-2.
“There was nothing stopping him,” Adrian said of Bowers. “Even before he scored that goal, he had the one [Brandre] saved. He didn’t hang his head and thirty seconds later, he’s running through the net celebrating another goal.”
Blosser would break the tie at the 12:50 mark of the second half off an assist from Peter Horton. Freshman Andric McGill added an insurance goal with 8:50 left in the game, though the Cougars didn’t threaten McPherson goalie Dylan Stos at all in the second half.
McPherson took nine total shots on goal, while Salina South finished with three.
The JV game ended with a 0-0 tie.
The Bullpups are on the road for four of the next five games. They travel to Augusta on Tuesday and will be home on Thursday against Salina Central.
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