SALINA—The McPherson High School boys soccer team remained dominant as they shut out Salina South High School 3-0 on the road on Thursday night. The Bullpups remain undefeated at 2-0 after the win.
Other than putting up points, head coach Chris Adrian believed it was the defensive efforts from the Bullpups that led them to victory.
"Tonight was another great win for the team against a quality opponent. Defensively we looked much stronger today shutting out a really talented Salina attack," Adrian said. "The boys played smart and disciplined. They worked together defensively as a team and forced Salina to turn the ball over in areas where we could hit them immediately on the counter attack."
Jael Jaime set the tone by scoring the first goal after stealing the ball from the Cougars' defender and went head-to-head with the goalkeeper. Drew Schrader scored the second goal for McPherson to end the first half. Just time for the Bullpups to catch their breath and be re-energized for the second half.
"Drew Schrader scored a really important second goal for the team right before half time when it looked like we were starting to get tired," Adrian said.
The Bullpups kept fighting all through the second half, avoiding getting scored on from the Cougars. Rhett Edmonson gave the Bullpups their third goal of the night. Tyler Hoxie gave him the assist.The Bullpups recorded eight shots on goal. Nathan Lloyd, goalkeeper for the Bullpups finished with four saves.
"The boys made me proud in the second half," Adrian said. "It was hot and I know they were fatigued but they played intelligently without the ball. They continued to keep a good shape and conserve energy by letting Salina pass the ball on their half."
"We felt in control even though they had more of the ball," he continued. "Defensively this game was definitely an improvement from the last game but we still have a lot of work to do on the defensive and offensive end."
With the win, the Bullpups will have days rest as they prepared for their first tournament coming up. Adrian wants to keep improving on their errors while they're on a roll.
"We are going to spend a lot of time over the next couple weeks practicing attacking combinations and improving our possession. We definitely forced too many passes tonight and gave the ball away cheaply at times. A 2-0 start to the season should definitely give the boys a lot of confidence going forward."
The Bullpups will be heading down to Maize South High School for the sixth annual Maize South Soccer Invitational, starting on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the YMCA field.
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