McPherson High faced some of the windiest conditions head coach Chris Adrian could ever remember seeing Thursday at Dodge City, but didn’t let the conditions get the better of them, winning 4-0.
The Pups saw winds out of the southeast at around 30 miles per hour, with gusts at times around 45, according to the National Weather Service office out of Dodge City.
Adrian gave credit to the MHS defense for playing smart soccer in the first half.
“The first half we were playing against the wind and the boys played one of the smartest halves of the season,” he said. “They played great defense as a team and always supported each other and defended together. Because they were working well on defense together, when they did win the ball from a Dodge City player, they were in the perfect position to counter.
“We produced some great attacks in the first half despite the wind.”
The Pups only scored one of their four goals in the first half, as freshmen Andric McGill drilled in a shot after a set up from Dylan Blosser. Adrian compared the shot from McGill to a three-pointer in basketball.
“To score against a quality team with that wind blowing into our face was a huge boost to our team and devastating for Dodge City,” Adrian said.
After halftime, McPherson (9-1), Blosser used the wind to his advantage to bend a ball into the Red Demon goal off of a corner kick. Ryan Horton then boosted the McPherson lead to three after scoring a goal, assisted by McGill.
Dodge City made it 4-0 after scoring an own-goal after a cross from Horton was knocked in by a Red Demon.
The Pups had nine total shots on goal in the contest.
MHS goal keeper Dylan Stos was perfect on the night, as he made eight saves throughout both halves.
“He played extremely well tonight and produced some amazing saves both in the first and second half,” Adrian said of his goalie’s efforts. “Not only did he make great saves, he also had some great punts against the wind which helped relieve some pressure.”
The JV squad fell to Dodge City 6-0.
The Pups, who are ranked No. 2 in latest Class 4-1A poll from the Kansas Soccer Coaches Association, will have a busy week next week. They will play a home match with Mulvane on Monday, then travel to Buhler on Tuesday.
They wrap up the week with an away contest with Valley Center on Thursday.
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