"This game really couldn't have gone any better for us."
The McPherson High School boy's soccer team has played four games at home this season, scoring 30 goals and giving up zero combined. That includes Monday night's 5-0 shutout of Hutchinson at McPherson Stadium, to run the Bullpups record to 9-3 on the season.
The Mac defense has only yielded eight total goals in 12 games thus far, including six shutouts. For McPherson it all starts in the net.
"The game could have been a lot different if it wasn't for Nathan Lloyd's great double save where he somehow denied a Hutch players a wide open goal," said McPherson coach Chris Adrian. "Shortly after his save Tyler Hoxie converted a penalty which really sparked the team into life and the rest was history."
Hoxie's goal came with 31:26 left to play in the first half. It was followed eight minutes later by a Samie Jaime goal off a Jael Jaime assist to give Mac the 2-0 lead. Connor Williams and Darrius Armstrong each added first-half goals, Armstrong's on a Williams assist, and the Pups went to the break up 4-0.
Armstrong's second goal was the last of the game for either team, with 36:47 left to play in the contest. McPherson had nine shots on goal compared to Hutchinson's five, with Nathan Lloyd turning away every one of them.
"This game really couldn't have gone any better for us," Adrian remarked. "We were able to jump out to an early lead in the first half which allowed me to make lots of subs in the second half, saving legs for tomorrow's big game verses Buhler."
Drew Schrader picked up two assists for McPherson while Armstrong and Williams each had one.
The JV team defeated Hutch 4-1. Cael Bauer, Luke Brossard, Cody Achilles and Logan Ediger got a goal apiece, with Bauer and Marcel Horstkamp getting assists. Mac goalie Connor Glazner had 2 saves.
McPherson goes back on the road Tuesday taking on rival Buhler. JV game starts at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity at 6:30 p.m. This game will determine the league champion.
"The team really played with a lot of energy tonight and are making their home field a difficult place to come play," Adrian said. "They are peaking at the right time and are getting it figured out. This game hates giving up goals and you could see that tonight. Even with the game in hand, players were communicating and flying into the challenges to keep Hutch from scoring."
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