Before Tuesday’s girls soccer game here with Rose Hill, McPherson High coach Chris Adrian remarked that reserve freshman Jordan Bruner always seems to make an impact within five minutes of coming into the game.
Bruner met her over-under with 23 seconds to spare, as her first-half goal helped propel the Bullpups to a 2-1 victory, their second in a row to improve to 4-6 on the year.
“She is our super sub,” Adrian said. “It’s all hustle. She works her butt off and anticipates that good things will happen. It’s amazing how she finds herself in the right spot. And it’s so nice of having the luxury of that on the bench when you bring her on and you know she’s going to do those things right. She probably averages a shot on goal every minute she’s in. ”
Bruner’s goal came at the 26:38 mark of the first half and proved to be the only scoring before the break.
Alayna Wallace made it 2-0 with 26:58 left in the game as she’s been picking up her offense in recent games after starting the season with two goals in the opener against Salina South.
“That was a great shot by Alayna off the volley there,” Adrian said. “She makes those plays look so easy out there, but that’s so hard to do.”
Hannah Knaak caused the Bullpups some anxious moments with a 35-yard rocket with 16:35 left in the game, but the MHS defense and goalie Shaelah White were up to the challenge the rest of the way to keep Rose Hill from scoring.
“I wouldn’t say it was the best game we’ve played, it was not very fluid,” Adrian said. “What I told our girls is that we’ve played some very good games at the beginning of the year and that we would lose this type of game. Today our mentality was different.”
Other players who caught Adrian’s eye were Michelle Carrillo and Sydney Ruder, as both provided a lot of energy throughout the game.
Cassidy Corrigan and Riley Burghart scored goals in the JV game to lead MHS to a 2-0 victory, with Elisabeth Evans garnering an assist.
After back-to-back games the last two days, MHS now has Thursday off. Next up is a road game Tuesday at Winfield, which is regarded as one of the teams to beat in Class 4A.