A look at their record isn’t really enough to judge the McPherson High School girls soccer team.

A look at their record isn’t really enough to judge the McPherson High School girls soccer team.
The Bullpups are 2-5 following Tuesday’s shut out loss to Valley Center but MHS coach Chris Adrian feels his team is on the cusp of pulling out of their now-three game slump.
“I feel we should be able to hang with a team [like Valley Center],” Adrian said. “I think we’re just as good as a team like that. Offensively, you can see some more passing, so that’s getting better. It’s that final ball, where we’re taking a few too many touches. Someone’s just got to step up and want to score goals.”
The Bullpups had opportunities in the 3-0 loss. Shots on goal were even at four apiece and sophomore Paige Schmidt was aggressive on the offensive attack, but occassionally found herself coming up against a wall of purple from the Jaguars.
“Some of these other girls have got to step up and just show that they want to be the person getting the ball,” Adrian said. “I thought Michelle [Carrillo] played really well in the midfield. She worked her butt off out there. That’s what we’ve got to have all different players if we want to be successful. Because we don’t have that one player who can win a game. We always have to do it as a team.”
Mikayla Vega had Valley Center’s first goal with 19:48 left to go in the first half. McPherson looked to respond, as the Pups had a prime opportunity off a corner kick. Jaguar goalie Bethany Reeves saved a number of tight saves before Sammy Boese cleared it out of the box to Ariel Wolff.
Wolff raced down the field almost unimpeded and hit Valley Center’s second goal of the game with 6:22 remaining before half.
“That was a punch to the gut,” Adrian said. “We thought we had it, and then we were down. There were a couple of times I was sure we were going to poke it into the net and it just wouldn’t fall to us.”
Sammy Boese had the third Valley Center goal 12 minutes into the second half.
Shaelah White saved one goal for the Bullpups, though it was an outstanding diving save with 17:48 left in the first half.
The JV game ended in a 0-0 tie.
The Bullpups are on the road at Newton Thursday, in what has the potential to be a cold and rainy evening. Game time is at 6:30 p.m.

Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.