"A big shoutout has to go to Nathan Lloyd as well, who was man of the match."

WICHITA — Led by another shut out from goalie Nathan Lloyd, the McPherson High School soccer team defeated Valley Center in the semifinals of the Maize South Invitational tournament. The 2-0 victory advances the Bullpups into Saturday's finals against the host team at 4 p.m. at Maize South High School.

After a scoreless first half it was the Jaime's who got things started as Jael Jaime scored on an assist from Samy Jaime to give the Pups all the scoring they would need to win. Darrius Armstrong added an insurance goal on an assist from Lloyd to give Mac's its final margin.

McPherson had seven shots on goal while Lloyd made seven saves in blanking the Hornets.

"After our first round game, I mentioned how I was looking forward to how we would match up against Valley Center’s big physical attacking players and Austin Monroe, Trenton Stecklein, and Devin Cape all did a really nice job working together and defending as a unit.," said McPherson Head Coach Chris Adrian. "A big shoutout has to go to Nathan Lloyd as well, who was man of the match. Replacing Tanner Rose from last year is a difficult task but today Nathan showed he is the man for the job. He made a penalty kick save at the end of the first half when the score was tied 0-0 which gave our team a huge boost. He then went on to make a couple really nice saves at the end of the game but the icing on the cake for his was his bomb of a punt that sent Darrius Armstrong on a breakaway to ice the game."

"Our attack looked more dangerous in today’s game," Adrian continued. "We worked hard this week on being more aggressive in the final 3rd and I think you could see improvement in that area. The cousins Jael and Samy Jaime played well and linked up nicely to score the first goal of the game. After that, we had several more opportunities to get that second goal for some breathing room but were unable to do it until the last minute of the game. We will continue to work on our finishing and being more clinical in front of the net."

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