They battled and battled and battled some more.
And neither team would budge.
After 100 minutes of soccer on Thursday that featured two teams with a combined three losses, there was nary a goal when McPherson High hosted Valley Center for Senior Day at Grant Complex.
It was one of the more exciting 0-0 games you’ll ever see as both teams had numerous chances, but the lamp was never lit.
“Defensively we played really well,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “We had a couple of shaky moments at the start, but then settled down and played pretty comfortably.”
The Bullpups were able to fire off nine shots on goal, while Abby Jantz came up with some spectacular, game-saving saves and had eight in all.
“We had some really good opportunities to score, I can think of two that 99 percent of the time I feel like we can put into the net, but today it just didn’t happen,” Adrian said. “The girls battled hard. It would have been real easy to have one eye on the next game (in less than 24 hours at Winfield) and say ‘let’s not go all out here.’ That’s what it takes to win a championship, playing on a Friday and then on a Saturday.”
Adrian said he believes his team will be ready for the long trip Friday to Winfield, which has had some good moments during an up-and-down year.
The Bullpups had their first tie of the year after entering the day 11-2. Valley Center is now 12-1-2, its only loss to Newton.
“The first five or 10 minutes it looked like we weren’t up to speed,” Adrian said. “Credit the girls for picking up what adjustments we needed to make. I thought Anna Kate (Schwindt) played great today. Everytime there was a 50-50 ball she seemed to come away with it. Hannah Hageman did great coming in off the bench for us.”
There finally was some scoring in the JV game as the Bullpups continued their tremendous season with a 3-0 victory.
Michaela Bowers had a goal and assist to lead the Bullpups. Also scoring were Yanet Cecenas Salazar and Hannah Dossett. Jaycee Burghart and Mary Anne Wurm added assists.