Buhler’s Crusaders did more with less than McPherson High here Thursday night to outlast the Bullpups 1-0 in overtime.
The Crusaders had only two shots on goal the entire game, but the second by Elle Fredrickson found the mark with 2:32 left in the first OT session.
“When you get into overtime, your legs get tired and your mind gets tired,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “Also some of those touches that are usually easy become a lot more difficult.”
McPherson had numerous chances as it placed eight shots on the frame, but couldn’t ever finish.
“We’d get so close to the goal, but then that final ball we’d miss,” said Adrian, whose team was hoping to string together back-to-back exciting wins after it had upset powerhouse Hays on Tuesday. “We had some good looks there. Even in the first half there were about three scrambles right there in front of the net that I thought we could get in.”
There wasn’t much to write home about in the first half as the game was played in the middle of the field, but MHS picked up its intensity in the second half.
“You look at how we played in the second half and even overtime compared to the first half, we did much better,” Adrian said. “We started the game just panicky and we wouldn’t pass the ball. Everything was kick forward and chase after it.”
The loss dropped the Bullpups to 5-8-1 with two games remaining, both highly winnable. The Bullpups play Monday at Circle, then host Great Bend on Tuesday.
Buhler won the JV game, 1-0.