McPherson High’s girls soccer team can thank goalie Shaelah White for keeping the Bullpups in the game Saturday against Topeka High.
White came up with several scintillating saves during MHS’ 2-1 fifth-place-game loss to the Trojans, who basically set up shop inside midfield and kept the Bullpup defense on their toes the entire game.
Topeka fired off nine shots at White in the first half alone, but she was terrific as just one got through. The relentless Trojans kept on the pressure in the second half and scored the decider with 25 minutes to go.
Jordan Bruner scored the only MHS goal in the first half when she kicked in a rebound.
The outcome left Bullpup coach Chris Adrian disappointed, as he says his painfully young team can’t seem to find an identity so far during a 2-3 start.
“I’ll be completely honest. That was a bad first half we played,” Adrian said. “We looked like we weren’t interested in playing for fifth place and that was sad. Second half was better. Jordan scoring her first goal was awesome. It was all about that she just wanted it. She goes in there and just wanted the ball more than the other team.”
Maria Munoz scored eight minutes into the game for the Trojans off a Ruth Fiander assist. Bruner’s goal came with 7:26 to go in the half when she tried a shot, it was blocked and she rebooted to find the net.
The winning goal was a 25-yarder by Bree Ullom, a perfectly placed shot that White simply had no chance to stop since it was easily out of reach.
Topeka finished with a 13-3 edge in shots.
The highlight of the day was MHS sophomore Paige Schmidt being named to the All-Tournament Team.
MHS is off until Thursday when it has a tough game at Hutchinson.
Maize South outlasted Andover Central 3-2 in the championship game in what was a mild surprise. Newton nipped Hays 1-0 for third and Salina South pasted Augusta 6-1 for seventh.
Maize South’s Ryann Burnett was named tourney MVP. Other All-Tourney picks were Maddi Zimmer and Masen Stamp of Andover Central, Michelle Franco and Elena Garcia of Salina South, Brooklyn Entz and Katelyn Zinn of Newton, Madison Adams and Hayden Burnett of Maize South, Munoz of Topeka and Reagan Kaiser of Hays.