SALINA — Blake Olmstead’s first-half goal proved to be the game-winner as Salina Central edged McPherson High 1-0 in a matchup of traditional soccer powers on Thursday.
“This was another difficult away game and we once again fell just short,” said MHS coach Chris Adrian, whose team is 4-3 with all three losses on the road by one goal. “Salina Central is the best team we have seen so far this season and we really struggled to compete with their physicality. We had our moments in this game, but just couldn’t put anything together for long stretches.”
Adrian admitted the Bullpups might have been suffering from a bit of fatigue.
“It was our fifth game in 10 days and it showed and the worst part was we lost starters Drew Schrader and Austin Monroe to injury and hopefully they will be able to play again soon,” Adrian said. “In the second half, we had three glorious opportunities to score, but somehow failed to do so. With time winding down in the game, Darrius Armstrong got behind their defense and was taken down by their goal keeper resulting in a red card. Jael Jaime then took the free kick and their new keeper made an amazing save to keep the ball out.”
Still, the Bullpups battled to the end.
“After that we were all over Salina playing with our man advantage, but couldn’t get the equalizing goal,” Adrian said. “We’ve now had three games against really good teams where we’ve lost by one goal late in the game. We’ve got to pick our heads up, not feel sorry for ourselves and come ready to work hard Friday at practice.”
MHS reaches the halfway point of the regular season on Tuesday when it plays at Augusta.
The MHS JVs were also edged as Central was a 2-1 winner. Zach Wash scored the Bullpup goal.