"We are now 5-0 at home scoring 32 goals without allowing any against."
There is no place like home, at least for the McPherson High School soccer team as they continued their streak of shutouts at home this season, beating Valley Center 2-0 Thursday night. It was the identical score to the Pups victory at Valley Center on Sept. 7 and is the fifth shutout in as many games at home this season.
Tyler Hoxie opened the scoring for McPherson on a penalty kick goal to give the Bullpups a 1-0 lead that held up throughout the first half. Playing in their third game in four days Mac looked satisfied to take that lead to the break.
"This wasn't our best performance of the season but it was good to see the boys find a way to get a result," said McPherson coach Chris Adrian. "It was obvious from the get go that the players were mentally and physically drained after Monday and Tuesday's games."
Valley Center was no real threat offensively throughout the first half and that did not change after halftime. But it wasn't until Darrius Armstrong scored the Pups second goal of the game that McPherson fans breathed a sigh of relief and felt comfortable that victory was inevitable. Jael Jaime got an assist on the Armstrong score and McPherson cruised to victory from there.
McPherson had 11 shots on goal to Valley Center's three. Mac goalie Nathan Lloyd finished with three saves.
"Valley Center is a solid and organized team but this team (McPherson) has really turned home field into an advantage this year," Adrian remarked. "We are now 5-0 at home scoring 32 goals without allowing any against. We hope to keep this going next week versus Circle on Tuesday and then hopefully into postseason play."
McPherson has its final home game Tuesday at they host Circle. The JV, who lost 2-1 Thursday to Valley Center, kickoff at 6 p.m. with the varsity to follow at 7:30 p.m. at McPherson Stadium.
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