HUTCHINSON — McPherson High’s girls soccer team stayed with powerful Hutchinson for better than a half on Thursday before the Salthawks scored a pair of goals following the break for a 3-1 victory.
Paige Schmidt scored for the Bullpups, which allowed them to tie the game before the half at 1-1. The Salthawks scored a goal midway through the second half for a 2-1 lead, then took advantage of MHS sending everybody forward in an attempt to tie, which left it exposed in the back. The Salthawks tallied an insurance goal late.
MHS coach Chris Adrian, whose team is now 2-4, wasn’t disappointed at all with the effort.
“There were a lot of changes made for today’s game,” Adrian said. “After a disappointing tournament last week, the team and coaches looked to correct some mistakes and to change things up. We played with a different formation, different starters and a different mindset. Hutchinson is a very good team and is returning a lot of starters from last year’s team. Despite the loss, I was extremely proud of the way the girls played. They didn’t play like a young team, they played really hard and showed great composure.”
The Bullpups certainly had their chances with seven shots on goal. Shaelah White had seven saves between the pipes for the Bullpups.
Jordan Bruner came up with a goal for the MHS JVs, which proved to be the difference in a 1-0 Bullpup victory.
MHS is home Tuesday to play Valley Center.