McPherson High girls soccer coach Chris Adrian realized about five minutes into Thursday night’s home opener against Salina Central that the Mustangs were going off-script a little bit.

McPherson High girls soccer coach Chris Adrian realized about five minutes into Thursday night’s home opener against Salina Central that the Mustangs were going off-script a little bit.
“Going into the Salina South game [Tuesday], I kind of knew how they would be playing,” Adrian said after the Bullpups’ 1-0 loss. “And [Salina Central]...the first half, I would have spent money for a  time out there. After five minutes, I wanted to change things but I couldn’t until halftime. We hadn’t practiced what I needed to tell them.”
That’s not to say the Bullpups didn’t give all they could in the loss, which moved them to 1-1 on the season.
After Adrian made his adjustments in the second half, the Bullpups were able to attack much better, with their best opportunity for a goal coming off the foot of freshman Zaida Chapman in the 46th minute, though Mustang goalie Bailey Driver made a great block that deflected the ball just wide of the net.
“It was going in and [Driver] got a finger tip to it,” Adrian said. “You’ve to give her credit for making that save despite the fact that she hadn’t really been tested in the game.”
While the result wasn’t what either the Pups or Adrian would have wanted, he did find brights spots to build off of.
Particularly, the defensive efforts of defenders Breckon Kaufman and Heidi Myers stood out, as both disrupted multiple Mustang shots that could have made the score a lot worse than 1-0.
“I though those two were really solid back there,” Adrian said of the two defenders. “Because they were going against some speed. [Salina Central’s Brooke Peters], she’s a good player and she was quick. [Kaufman and Myers], as freshmen and sophomores back there, they played really well.”
Adrian was proud of the effort of his entire back line, noting freshman Sydney Ruder had some excellent crosses that almost scored.
“There were some positives,” Adrian said. “The first loss of the season always hurts and  sucks, but we can learn from this. Watching film is going to be extremely beneficial for these girls. We were in good positions, but we couldn’t see the pass and we tried to dribble too much.”
Peters had the only goal of the game, as she booted an arcing shot in from about 20 yards out that dropped in perfectly behind MHS goalkeeper Shaelah White.
White did stop the only other shot on goal by the Mustangs.
The McPherson JV won their game 1-0. Elisabeth Evans scored in the first half to give the Pups the win.
The McPherson Invitational is up next for MHS, as they host Newton in the opener Tuesday night at 8 p.m.
“Tournament’s tough,” Adrian said of the field. “Newton just beat Campus 5-1, so they’ve got a lot of talent. What I like about it is that it’s very even. There’s not anyone that’s super amazing, like a Trinity or anything. So you get a good game every time.
“There’s no easy ones.”

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