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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Pups take third at State with 1-0 win over Baldwin

  • It wasn’t where they wanted to end the season, but the McPherson High School boys’ soccer team still left everything out on the field Saturday as they captured third place in the Class 4-1A State Soccer Tournament.
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  • It wasn’t where they wanted to end the season, but the McPherson High School boys’ soccer team still left everything out on the field Saturday as they captured third place in the Class 4-1A State Soccer Tournament.
    The Pups gave Baldwin all they could handle for 80 minutes at Topeka’s Hummer Sports Park before winning 1-0. The two teams had entered the semifinals Friday as the top two seeds, but both lost by scores of 1-0, MHS to Bishop Miege and Baldwin to Rose Hill.
    “The third place game is a really difficult game to play,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “Not only had they played the day before, but the guys on both teams expected to be playing for the championship.”
    The lone goal of the game came in the first half off the foot of senior Ryan Horton, who booted in a free kick from 40-yards out that fooled the Baldwin goal keeper, who had left the net unprotected expecting Horton to cross the ball.
    McPherson made a concerted effort with about 20 minutes left in the game to get an insurance goal, with senior Dylan Blosser attacking several times, but the Pups couldn’t pick up the score.
    Baldwin responded in the final five minutes to try and force an overtime, but senior goalie Dylan Stos made a spectacular save to preserve the 1-0 Bullpup victory.
    “The seniors wanted this win,” Adrian said. “It was the last time these seniors would play together. Sure, they wanted to be in the championship match, but, in all honesty, they probably played better without the pressure.”
    Adrian added it was an emotional scene after the game, as the 10 seniors exchanged tears and hugs after the culmination of three years of varsity play and more, as this group had played together since the fourth grade.
    “It meant a lot for them to go out on a victory,” Adrian said. “It’s always good to go out on a win and anytime you get to a final four, it’s extremely beneficial. This will continue to pay off into the future.”
    The seniors include Ryan Horton, Peter Horton, Stos, Blosser, Adam Bowers, Kerrick van Asselt, Logan Schrag, Adrian Garcia, Todd Graber and Ethan Nadeau.
    McPherson finishes the year at 18-2-1.
    Miege won the state title 1-0 over Rose Hill in the championship match. The Stags entered the tournament as the defending Class 5A champions after dropping down in classification in October.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.
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