Neither rain nor lightning nor the Indians of Hays could stop the McPherson soccer team from delivering a regional title.
Neither rain nor lightning nor the Indians of Hays could stop the McPherson soccer team from delivering a regional title to the Bullpups nation Friday as the Pups scored the 1-0 victory. The game was delayed three times over two days because of inclement weather.
Claire Hedlund scored the game's only goal with 11:44 left to play, with an assist by Aislinn Hughes, to give the Bullpups the win and help them advance to the quarterfinal round of the State tournament. Five other McPherson shots hit the crossbar or side posts before Hedlund's shot found the back of the net.
"I was pleased with the poise they played with," said McPherson coach Chris Adrian. "Once you do that (hit the bar/posts) three or four times you're like oh great it's not going to happen. You're thinking it's going to be one of those games that they get one shot and score the goal. But I never sensed that from anyone out on the field; they did a great job keeping that composure."
McPherson tallied 12 shots on goal while Hays had one, which was turned away by Riley Hett for her lone save of the day. After another lightning delay at the 9:13 mark, the Bullpups dominated play to shut the door on any hopes Hays had of getting back in the game.
"Them having a chance to go in with nine minutes left and adjust and make some changes was good for them and bad for us because we had all the momentum," Adrian said. "But those last nine minutes were complete control for our girls. We didn't give up anything that looked remotely dangerous."
While not official at press time, all indications are McPherson will play a quarterfinal game at home on Tuesday at McPherson Stadium against TMP. Adrian was pleased to have the kind of game Hays brought, helping to prepare his team for the next step.
"This was a great game, we needed a tight game just to give us the confidence," said Adrian. "These seniors, gosh they've been so successful their four years, their such a good group of leaders they just find a way when you get into these type games, they just get it done."
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