It was a dogfight during the home opener for the McPherson High School boys soccer team, but they managed to outscore Newton High School 4-1, giving the Bullpups their first win of the year on Tuesday night.
Both teams have a history of playing physically every time the two meet. Tuesday's match wasn't any different as bodies were flying, and referees were calling yellow cards and a red card all night.
"It was exactly what I expected. I knew Newton was going to come out and play really tough and physical," head coach Chris Adrian said. "Composure wise, I think we did a good job of our guys keep theirs heads when it got chippy," Adrian said.
After going scoreless for 20 minutes, the Bullpups was on the board after Newton scored on its own goal. Austin Monroe recorded the assist.
Michael Velasquez for Newton was able to tied the ball game after reaching the 11-minute mark. According to Adrian, thats when the Bullpups turned it up a notch.
"What I really loved seeing is from halftime when the score was 1-1 and my juniors and my seniors were like 'we're not letting them win this one,'" Adrian said. "They gotten the last two from us, we're making sure we win this one."
In the top of the second half, the Bullpups regained the lead after a rebound and score by Rhett Edmonson. Edmonson was all over the field as a utility player. Adrian was far more amazed by his performance because of his versatility.
"That guy is completely different player from last year, and he's changing our team," Adrian said. "I can put him at the midfield , as a defender, forward, he's just a great utility player. He just controlled the midfield . His positioning on defense was really well."
Jael Jaime followed it up with a header, which McPherson's third goal of the night. With than 2 seconds left of the game, after the personal foul by the Railers, McPherson earned a penalty kick by Trenton Stecklein, which will lead the Bullpups' fourth and final goal of the night.
"I wouldn't say we played really well in the second half, but they just not going to let anything happen to them," Adrian said. "It just seems they had that mentality, whatever it needs to happen , they were going to do it. "
The Bullpups will have their first road game of the year as they face Salina South High School at 6:30 p.m.
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