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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Youthful Pup soccer outlasts Rose Hill 2-1

  • Jordan Bruner provided a much needed spark off the bench, as the McPherson High School girls’ soccer team defeated Rose Hill 2-1 Tuesday.
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  • Jordan Bruner provided a much needed spark off the bench, as the McPherson High School girls’ soccer team defeated Rose Hill 2-1 Tuesday.
    The Bullpups played their second game of the week in as many days, but, other than a few stretches, it wasn’t obvious. Particularly in the play of Bruner, who had the first goal of the game with 26:38 left in the first half off an assist from Breckon Kaufman.
    She paid the favor forward in the second half, as she set up an arching Alayna Wallace chip shot with 26:59 left in the game that soared over the Rose Hill goalie’s head.
    “She is our super sub,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said of the freshman Bruner.  “She comes on and it’s all hustle. She just works her butt off and anticipates that good things will happen. It’s amazing how she just finds herself in the right spot.”
    For Adrian, having that option on the bench is a luxury he enjoys possessing.
    “We bring her on and you know [Bruner’s] going to do things right,” he said. “You know she’s going to get a shot. She probably averages a shot on goal every minute she’s in. She doesn’t play a lot of minutes, but, when she gets in, she takes advantage of it. She’s always ready to go.”
    Adrian was also complimentary of the shot Wallace took in the second half that ensured the Bullpup win, which moved them to 4-6 on the year.
    “That was a great shot by Alayna,” Adrian said. “Off the volley, those aren’t easy to do. She makes those look so easy out there, but that is so hard to do, to keep that ball down.”
    In total, the Bullpups out-shot the Rockets (5-4) 5-3, with Shaelah White making two saves, including a great jumping grab in the second half that could have sent the game into overtime.
    The Rockets’ lone goal game with 16:35 left in the second half, as Hannah Knaak sent a shot past White to make it 2-1.
    While Tuesday’s effort wasn’t what Adrian considered their best effort of the year, he noted that his team has come a long ways just in their attitudes since the start of the season.
    “We’ve played some really good games at the beginning of the year where we would lose this kind of game,” Adrian said. “Where we would say, ‘Oh, well. At least we played good.’ Today, our mentality was way different. That’s one thing we’ve been talking about is believing that we are going to win. It’s not a ‘what if they score, then what are we going to do?’ It’s ‘we’re going and we’re going to win this game.’”
    Page 2 of 2 - The McPherson JV also picked up their second win of the week, as they shut down Rose Hill 2-0. Cassidy Corrigan and Riley Burghart had the two MHS goals, with Elizabeth Evans setting up Burghart’s score.
    The Pups are on the road next, as they travel to Winfield on April 29.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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