HUTCHINSON — When McPherson High’s boys soccer team lost Darrius Armstrong to a leg injury on Thursday, it seemed to take the steam out of the Bullpups.
They were never the same and wound up losing 2-1 to Hutchinson to drop to 6-3 on the season.
“When Darrius first got hurt, the initial thought was that he may have a broken or fractured leg, but his X-rays came back good and he only suffered a deep bone bruise,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “Hopefully it’s something he can get over by the end of the season, but it will most likely keep him out for a couple weeks at least.”
Armstrong had been playing at an All-State level and his absence was crucial to the defense.
As for the game itself, Adrian admits losing to Hutchinson hurts emotionally as the Salthawks scored a late goal to break a 1-1 tie.
“Hutchinson is a really solid and well-coached team, but this loss was definitely a disappointment and hard to take,” he said. “We started the game sluggish and Hutch put us under a lot of pressure early. After we got through the first 10 minutes, we finally started to play our game and look more like ourselves.”
Jackson Lloyd’s goal was the only scoring of the first half as MHS led 1-0, but Hutchinson tied the game at the 62-minute mark and won the game with a late goal.
“With about 20 minutes to go, we really started to get tired and Hutch began to get more and more opportunities,” Adrian said. “They scored a goal which felt like it sucked the life out of the team. Hutch then went on to score the game-winner with less than 5 minutes on the clock. I thought the boys played hard, but we’ve got to play smarter. Thankfully we’ve got a week until our next game so we can get some much-needed rest and practice time in before our next game.”
Tanner Rose came up with four saves in goal as he thwarted some potential Hutch scoring chances.
MHS won the JV game 4-0 as four different players scored — Sammy Jaime, Francisco Alkarez, Jael Jaime and Luke Brossard. Rhett Edmonson and Mitch Harger had assists.
The Bullpups remain on the road next week, playing Thursday at Mulvane as they have a week off.