The win moves the Bullpups into the semifinals on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. against Valley Center, who defeated Wichita Independent.

WICHITA — The McPherson High School boys' soccer team opened play Tuesday at the Maize South Invitational soccer tournament with a 1-0 win over Wichita Classical High School. The win moves the Bullpups into the semifinals on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. against Valley Center, who defeated Wichita Independent.

Britton Haigh scored the games lone goal in the first half, assisted by Joel Jaime. McPherson recorded eight shots on goal, with Nathan Lloyd making one save in goal for the Pups.

"This game was more of a struggle than it should have been but a big part of that goes down to how Wichita Classical played and they deserve a lot of credit," said Mac coach Chris Adrian. "They were organized and played with 11 players behind the ball making it really difficult for us to get a good look at the goal. It was one of those games though where we knew we only needed one goal and that proved to be the case. After Britton Haigh scored off a nice cross from Joel Jaime, I felt confident we would at least get a second goal but we really struggled in front of the goal, not only with our finishing, but also with our passing. It’s strange to say on a boys team, but I need some players to step up and look to take people on in front of the goal and shoot the ball. I’ve got more players on this team that would prefer to get the assist than the goal which is great but someone has to kick the ball in the goal. Thursday we are really going to be tested when we play Valley Center. They have a big strong center forward who is going to be a handful and their team moves the ball well. I’m looking forward to seeing how our defense competes against their offense." 

The winner Thursday's game moves into the championship on Saturday to play the winner of Salina South and Maize South at 4 p.m. Losers will play Saturday at 2 p.m. for third place.

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