TOWANDA — Aislinn Hughes’ first-half goal proved to be the only scoring Monday as McPherson High outlasted Circle 1-0 in a shortened soccer game.
The game barely went into the second half before lightning halted the proceedings. The Bullpups actually had been quite frustrated to that point, having already launched nine shots to none for the T-Birds, but only one found the net.
“We knew going into this game that there was a good chance we would only get 40 or so minutes in due to the weather forecast which turned out to be correct,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “Circle played extremely defensive and put a lot of players behind the ball, which really frustrated the girls and took them out of their rhythm. We also had a really difficult time adjusting to the turf and kept hitting passes too hard. Aislinn Hughes got free on top of the box and scored a great goal off the crossbar which turned out to be the game-winner.”
MHS possessed the ball nearly the entire game.
“The defense and Abby (goalie Jantz) didn’t have much to do as Circle never got a shot off,” Adrian said. “Shortly after halftime the storms rolled in and the game was called. It definitely wasn’t pretty tonight, but we got the win and everyone stayed injury-free, which is so important at this time of the year.”
MHS will play one of the best teams on its schedule Thursday when it hosts Valley Center.
“They are flying at the moment and have a lot of attacking threats,” Adrian said. “This will be just the challenge we need to get ready for postseason.”