Perhaps the best way to describe Friday night's game between McPherson High and Mulvane is war of attrition.
Perhaps the best way to describe Friday night’s game between McPherson High and Mulvane is war of attrition.
By the time the game was finished, the score was 0-0 and MHS saw starters Shaelah White, Breckon Kaufman and Paige Schmidt all go down with injuries.
“It was a bit of an emotional roller coaster,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “For large amounts of time during the second half, the result of the game was the last thing on our minds as we watched girl after girl be helped off the field. We struggled to find a rhythm in the second half due to all the stoppages and injuries.”
White was taken off the field with a knee injury, forcing freshman Sydney Ruder to slide into goal. Kaufman was hobbled with a shin injury, while Schmidt sprained an ankle. Condition reports on all three were unavailable at press time.
Mulvane wasn’t immune to the injury bug, as the Wildcats had one player transported by ambulance due to a neck injury.
Though the score was 0-0 at the end, that isn’t to say the Pups didn’t have opportunities to score. The Mulvane defense held to one solid look that hit off the crossbar in the first half.
The second half, despite the injuries, was a bit different of a story, as MHS (4-7-1) had several good looks, with most missing the mark and one breakthrough flagged for offside. All told, the Pups left 12 shots on the field.
White and Ruder each had one save at goalie.
“The girls battled a lot of adversity tonight and kept their composure, which I was proud of,” Adrian said. “Hopefully, the injuries sustained are not too serious because those three girls have been playing really well for us lately.”
In the JV game, MHS won 1-0. Riley Burghart scored the goal for the Bullpups.
McPherson is home twice next week. Tuesday, they host Hays at McPherson Stadium, while Buhler comes to town on Thursday.