ROSE HILL — Connor Williams’ goal off an assist by Darrius Armstrong proved to be the difference Thursday in McPherson High’s 3-2 soccer victory over Rose Hill in a matchup of teams that have serious postseason aspirations.
Armstrong had scored MHS’ first goal off a Jael Jaime assist and birthday boy Devin Cape tallied an unassisted goal for the Bullpups.
Nathan Lloyd came up big between the pipes with 5 saves.
“We made this game a whole lot harder than it needed to be,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “During the first half we possessed the ball for 70 percent of the time, but struggled to create clear opportunities to score. Rose Hill actually had the first two good chances of the game with a couple breakaways, but Nathan Lloyd made some great saves to keep the score tied. Finally our passing began to wear down Rose Hill and that's when we really took it to them.”
Adrian saw some positives, but also sees some things the Bullpups need to work on.
“Offensively, we've got to use our possession to create better goal-scoring chances and take more shots,” he said. “Defensively, we have got to be much more composed and stop giving teams easy opportunities to score. Devin Cape had a great game on defense and Drew Schrader did a really nice job in the midfield. We were able to get him more involved in our build-up play compared to the Newton game. It's a good win and beating Rose Hill is a nice accomplishment, but this team is focused on getting better and that's what we are going to work on tomorrow.”
The MHS JVs are now 1-0-1 after a 4-0 victory. Cody Achilles had two goals and an assist, while Marcel Horstcamp and Zach Wash also scored. Carson Stone had an assist.
MHS’ varsity plays Wichita Classical on Tuesday in the first round of the Maize South Classic.