ANDOVER — McPherson High’s girls soccer team lost for only the second time this year when it dropped a 2-1 road decision to Andover on Thursday in a game that featured a 45-minute weather delay.
The Bullpups’ lone goal came in the second half by Aislinn Hughes.
MHS coach Chris Adrian took the blame for the loss, which gives MHS a 5-2 record.
“We came out a little flat and then looked lost when we were trying to score the tying goal at the end of the game,” Adrian said. “That’s on me as a coach, part of my job is to prepare the girls for any situation we could face in a game and to get them ready to play Bullpup soccer from start to finish and I didn’t do a good enough job of that tonight.”
Adrian said the Bullpups certainly had their chances.
“We took close to 15 shots, but only managed to hit three on goal during the game,” Adrian said. “We finally tied the game with 20 minutes to go after a nice cross by Lauren Hein, which eventually made its way to Aislinn Hughes to finish. We looked to have all the momentum and the winning goal seemed inevitable, but Andover won a corner kick against the run of play with 5 minutes to go. The corner was cleared out, but their defender ripped a one time shot from 25 yards with her left foot into the top corner. It was an incredible finish considering the wet conditions and it was just one of those nights for us I guess. Defensively we played really well and only gave up three shots on goal for 80 minutes with two of those shots being hit and hope shots from distance.”
Adrian lauded the play of Claire Hedlund and Hannah Hageman. “ I thought Claire Hedlund and Hannah Hageman both played their best games of the season so far and worked their tails off,” he said.
The MHS JVs scored a 4-0 victory behind a pair of goals by Mary Ann Wurm. Meghan Smith and Stacey Pham also scored, with Kelsey Wilson being credited with an assist.
MHS reaches the halfway point of the season Tuesday when it hosts El Dorado, then plays Thursday at Wichita Collegiate.