HUTCHINSON — Carlos Reyna’s goal 11 minutes into the game, off a Mason Faucett assist, was the difference in the Salthawks’ 1-0 soccer victory Thursday over McPherson High in a matchup of longtime rivals.
MHS actually had more shots in the game, but could never get the equalizer as the day was one of frustration for the Bullpups and coach Chris Adrian.
“We now have three losses, all by the score of 1-0 and it’s getting old,” Adrian said. “At this point of the season we need to be getting results out of these games. Today we created more chances to score, but again struggled in front of the net. It sounds weird to say at this point in the season, but I believe this game was a good wake-up call.”
MHS is now 4-3-1 as it reached the halfway point of the season.
“The players were really upset and frustrated after the game,” Adrian said. “This team knows they can play harder and better and I really got the sense after this game that they are tired of coming up short in these types of games and are ready to up their game to the next level and get over this hump.”
The Bullpups have a chance to knock off the No. 1 team in the state on Tuesday when Class 4-1A’s best, Rose Hill, comes to McPherson Stadium.
“This will be a huge challenge for the team, but a challenge they have been looking forward to all season long,” Adrian said.
The MHS JVs were defeated, 2-0.