NEWTON — McPherson High’s girls soccer team played high-powered Newton a little closer this time, losing a 2-0 decision on Thursday.
The teams had met earlier in the McPherson Invitational, with the Railers a 3-0 winner.
“I always like when you have the chance to play a team twice because it really gives you an opportunity to see how your team is developing,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “We went into today’s game without a couple players because of injury, but looked like a much-better team than the first time we played Newton. For the last 20 minutes of the first half we outplayed Newton and really frustrated them.”
Adrian said there were some players who stepped up.
“Jordan Bruner provided a spark off the bench and had a great volley off a cross which hit the cross bar,” Adrian said. “Shortly after that, Breckon Kaufman got an opening and sent a wonderful ball across the goal but we just couldn’t tap it in.”
Adrian noted the Bullpups have been stepping up in class during the first half of the season, but will start playing teams their own ilk.
“This game marked the halfway point of the season for us,” said Adrian, whose team is 2-6. “We have played a lot of schools much bigger than us and have been right there come the end of the game. Now we enter the portion of the season where we play league teams and I believe that our tough first half of the season is going to pay dividends.”
The MHS JVs and Railers played to a 0-0 tie.
MHS hosts Augusta on Monday, with the game to be played at Grant Complex as part the the “MHS Sports Extravaganza.” Game time is 4 p.m.