MAIZE—It was round two for the McPherson High School soccer team and Salina South High School, but this time both met up in the semifinals of the Maize South Invitational on Thursday. Just like the last time they faced, it came down to the end of regulation. The Bullpups, once again, came through in the end, defeating the Cougars 3-2 by a penalty kick and will take on Maize South High School in the finals on Saturday.

"Credit to Salina South for making some really good adjustments after our first meeting last week, but these pups never quit," Bullpups Head Coach Chris Adrian said. "I am so impressed with this team's composure and never say die attitude,"

After trailing 1-0, Tyler Hoxie took over and scored McPherson's first goal of the night, tying the game before the end of the first half. Salina South regained the lead midway through the second half, but McPherson remained calm and kept their composure. With less than 10 minutes left, Britton Haigh tied. McPherson's defense, led by Trenton Stecklein, kept the game tied up with some key tackles as time expired.

It came down to the penalty kick, and McPherson had the advantage with momentum on their side. Hoxie, Cody Achilles, Samy Jaime and Drew Schrader were the four kickers during the shootout. Nathan Lloyd a save that after the second kick by Salina South. The game ended after the fifth kick when it landed on the crossbar, clinching the win for McPherson.

"Every game this team has been a highly competitive match against a quality opponent, and these pups keep finding ways to win. I'm extremely happy for these boys and am excited to see what they can do in the finals against a dangerous Maize South team. With it basically being a home game for Maize South. I'm hoping Bullpup nation comes out Saturday to support this special team."

The Finals will kick off at 4 p.m.

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