McPherson High girls’ soccer coach Chris Adrian was looking forward to Thursday’s match at Newton.

McPherson High girls’ soccer coach Chris Adrian was looking forward to Thursday’s match at Newton.
The Railers had defeated the Bullpups 3-0 April 2 in the first round of the McPherson Invitational soccer tournament. This week, Adrian was anxious to see how far his team had come since that loss.
“I always like when you have the chance to play a team twice because it really gives you an opportunity to see how your team is developing,” Adrian said. “We went into today's game without a couple players because of injury, but looked like a much better team than the first time we played Newton. For the last 20 minutes of the first half, we outplayed Newton and really frustrated them.”
The Pups came into the game with a set game plan, which allowed them chances at the net. Jordan Bruner had a great early look off the bench, as she attempted a shot off a cross that just hit the cross bar.
Not long after, Breckon Kaufman had an opening and sent a beautiful shot across the goal, but McPherson failed to capitalize.
“It really was too bad halftime came,” Adrian said, “because we were really playing good and looked like we were going to score goals.”
Unfortunately for MHS, the Railers made some adjustments at the half and came away with the 2-0 win after capitalizing on a few mental errors by the young Bullpups. Leilani Medina and Brooklynn Entz scored the goals for Newton. Shaelah White made four saves for MHS in goal.
The Bullpups had four total shots.
The MHS JV tied 0-0 with Newton.
“This game marked the half way point of the season for us,” Adrian said. “We have played a lot of schools much bigger than us, and have been right there come the end of the game. Now we enter the portion of the season where we play league teams and I believe that our tough first half of the season is going to pay dividends.”
The Pups have another opponent from the McPherson Invitational Monday, as Augusta comes back into town.
The Bullpups blew out the Orioles 5-0 on April 4, taking 15 shots on goal in the process.
Game time is at 5:30 p.m. and will be played at Grant Sports Complex as part of McPherson High’s Spring Sports Extravaganza. The baseball and softball teams will also be hosting Augusta at the Grant, as well.

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