McPherson High’s 3-1 girls soccer victory over Wichita Trinity here Friday could be summed up best by a number of baseball analogies.
The Bullpups had a lot of swings and misses, but it took a ground ball right through the wickets to take the lead for good as they improved to 9-3 on the season as they now turn into road warriors with their last four scheduled games away from the friendly McPherson Stadium confines.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the second half, MHS’ Maisie Edmonson uncoiled a shot from about 40 yards that went right through the legs of Knight goalie Maggie Peterson at the 15:02 mark.
Five minutes later, MHS’ Aislinn Hughes sent a rocket past Peterson that she had no chance on as the blast was hit with too much force.
MHS had led 1-0 late in the first half on a goal by Claire Hedlund, but the Knights tied it up with 4:47 before intermission on a goal by All-Stater Allie Henderson.
For the most part, though, the Bullpups ruled the action with a whopping 16-4 advantage in shots. It took their 13th shot before they finally went ahead as they couldn’t put shots away.
“We needed to get that first goal in the first half (Hedlund’s) a lot sooner,” said MHS coach Chris Adrian, whose team is in prime position to host at least one, maybe two playoff games if it stays the course. “We had so many opportunities. We hit what, three crossbars, two crossbars today? We had a couple of other shots we are usually putting in the net.”
Adrian said his team didn’t let the missed opportunities bog it down emotionally.
“The thing I really admired about the team today was their perseverance when adversity was there,” he said. “To not score, that can get into your head and you stop shooting and you stop working hard for those opportunities and we did finally score what we thought was a goal and it was called back.”
The play Adrian was referring to was an apparent goal by Jessie Kynsaton off a corner kick by Alayana Wallace, which came right before Edmonson’s game-winner.
“They said we were pushing on the keeper,” Adrian said. “But we put a girl in front of the keeper and we hit it over. I’m not sure how we would have done that (pushing the keeper).”
MHS’ JVs rolled to a 7-0 victory behind a hat trick by Anna Nason and two goals by Rylee Schrader. Kelsey Wilson and Heather Schimming has goals as well.
Schimming and Wilson had two assists. Other assists were credited to Addison Fishback, Daphne Carrillo and Natalie Hedlund.
MHS starts its four-game road gauntlet by going to Winfield Tuesday, then Rose Hill on Thursday.