SALINA — McPherson High’s girls soccer team had to turn to its defense to come away with a third-place finish on Saturday in the McPherson Invitational at Salina Stadium.
The Bullpups and Hays were locked in a tense scoreless game, but Jessie Kynaston’s goal provided MHS with the only score it needed in a 1-0 victory.
“This was a good bounce-back win for the girls today,” said MHS coach Chris Adrian, whose team scored only one goal in its final two games after scoring 12 in the first three. “You could tell the legs were a little heavy after a late game the night before, but I was pleased with the overall effort. Jessie Kynaston had a great game and finally got that monkey off her back by getting her first goal of the season.”
The Bullpups’ defense notched the shutout even though it was missing a starter. Abby Jantz-Allison had three saves and Riley Hett made one.
“Laiken Hein was out injured in the game today so we had to shuffle our defense around a bit and they all played solid getting our first shutout of the season,” Adrian said. “Our depth was a huge key to the win today. It’s such a nice feeling to be able to make five subs at once and feel like the quality on the field never drops. We faced some good teams in this tournament, which showed us some areas that need to work on. We have a much slower week coming up which will hopefully allow us to work on things and make a few adjustments.”
Newton came away with the tourney title with a 4-3 victory over Maize South, while Topeka High doubled Salina South 4-2 for fifth place and Andover Central defeated Augusta 2-1 for seventh.
Aislinn Hughes was the only Bullpup to make the All-Tournament Team, headlined by MVP Brooklyn Entz of Newton.
Others on the team were Izzy Saenz and Megan Akers of Newton; Hayden Burnett, Brook Cooper and Gaby Crowell of Maize South; Courtney Moelleker of Hays, Lauren Dietrick and Ruth Fiander of Topeka and Kelsie Heier of Salina South.
The Bullpups, 4-1 on the season, have only one game this week, hosting Wichita Collegiate on Tuesday at Grant Complex.