For whatever reason, McPherson High’s boys soccer team apparently is allergic to overtime victories.
For the third time this year — all of them at home — the Bullpups were defeated in overtime as David Palacios’ goal just 57 seconds into the second overtime period gave Salina South a 3-2 victory over the Bullpups.
“When we got into OT, I really thought this was the night we were going to get it done and win, but it’s just not happening for this team at the moment,” a frustrated MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “I am tired of it and I sure hope the boys are tired of it as well. I believe we were also up 2-1 in all of those games, which only makes it worse.”
Adrian said his team has to learn to win these tight games.
“This team has got to have a tougher mindset when we play,” he said. “We keep having moments in games where we shut off for a couple seconds when a ball goes out of bounds or get caught not being ready for a pass. Good teams are going to punish you if you are not completely locked in all 80 minutes and that’s what happened tonight. We gave up three goals on six shots and our defense and goal keeper are simply too good to let that happen. While talking with the boys after the game, I definitely got a sense that losing this game really bothered them and that it’s going to be used as fuel to push this team forward.”
The game was played in miserable conditions, as the cold wind howled out of the north, not to mention a bank of lights went out, making the south end of the field somewhat dark. But that’s where Palacios scored the game-winner, which came against the wind.
MHS had led 2-1 at the half on goals by Andric McGill and Darrius Armstrong, with a assists to Armstrong and Patrick Munsey. But MHS had one of those lapses in the second half and Ricardo Diaz scored for South with 17 minutes left.
MHS outshot South, 7-5 and controlled the ball for the better part of the game.
The Bullpups are now 8-4 overall. If there’s any consolation, they have not lost to any 4A teams, as three of the losses are to 5A schools and the other was to a 6A school.
The Bullpups won the JV game 4-2, erupting for three first-half goals to key the win. Trey Hett, Ryan Gawanda, Samie Jaime and Francisco Alcaraz all scored for MHS, with Hett, Joseph Cox and Jael Jaime being credited with assists.
MHS is home again on Tuesday to take on arch-rival Buhler as there’s two weeks left in the regular season.