MHS kickers edged in tourney opener

By Steve Sell
September 11, 2014

MAIZE — Apparently Hays’ soccer team improved just a little more than McPherson High’s did in the last week.

The two teams tied last week in Hays in regular-season action, but the Indians were a 1-0 winner Wednesday in the first round of the Maize South Invitational.

“Today was a day where we went through some growing pains,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “In the first half we had a lot of possessions, but nothing really to show for it. We struggled to find that final pass through that could give someone a good goal attempt. Our combination play just isn’t where it needs to be yet. The team is still struggling to find its identity and to make the adjustments needed to be successful.”

Neither team had many threats, as the Bullpups managed only four shots on goal, while Bullpup goalie Sam Minnick faced only three attempts on goal.

The Bullpups, now 1-1-1, are right back in action today playing Maize South in the consolation round.

“That game against Maize South is going to be a great test of our mental toughness and fitness,” Adrian said.