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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • MHS survives late Salina Central push

  • McPherson High School showed their strength of character Thursday night after surviving a late, second half push by Salina Central that saw the Mustangs tie the game up heading into the final seven minutes of play.
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  • McPherson High School showed their strength of character Thursday night after surviving a late, second half push by Salina Central that saw the Mustangs tie the game up heading into the final seven minutes of play.
    The Pups and Central were tied at halftime, but Ryan Horton broke the deadlock with a goal at the 27:19 mark of the second half. Dylan Blosser boomed a massive kick from 35 yards out 10 minutes later that put MHS up 3-1.
    That’s when disaster struck.
    Mustang midfielder Jack Weiner drilled a shot through the McPherson net to close the gap to 3-2 with 7:47 left in the game. Peter Horton then accidentally knocked an own-goal through 45 seconds later that tied the game up at 3-3.
    “To give up the goal was not good,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said of Horton’s error. “But the way they responded was very positive. Most teams in that situation would drop their heads and the other team would go on to score a third goal and win the game.”
    McPherson (7-1), however, got angry and played with a fire that showed their determination to not lose the home contest.
    “Prior to the kickoff,” Adrian said, “you could see our captains say, ‘There is no way this is happening.’ Ryan [Horton} is cramping and I asked him if he needed a sub and he said, ‘No way I’m coming off the field. We’re going to win this one.’”
    McPherson fought hard, taking every open shot they could to break the tie over the next seven minutes of soccer. Freshman Andric McGill proved the difference maker for the Pups, as he had several near goals in the final 90 seconds of the game, finally making one go into the net with 54 seconds left to play after an assist from Ryan Horton.
    “That was a great shot by Andric,” Adrian said. “He had two really close chances and it would have been really easy for him to hang his head and say, ‘Oh, it’s not going to happen for me today,’ but he trusted himself.”
    Ethan Nadeau claimed his first goal of the season in the first half, scoring just over five minutes into the game off an assist from Ryan Horton. Salina Central tied it with 20:47 showing on the clock with a shot from Zach Martin.
    In total, McPherson took 14 shots on goal, while the Mustangs took five. McPherson goalkeeper Dylan Stos made six saves, including a spectacular leaping, one-handed save at the 31:57 mark of the first half.
    In the JV match, McPherson fell 2-0.
    McPherson is on the road for the next three games, starting with a trip to Rose Hill on Tuesday. Game time is at 7 p.m.
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