It was good to finally be on the right side of one of these.
McPherson High’s soccer team, which numbered four one-goal losses among its five defeats this season, was the one winning by a sliver here Tuesday night.
Andric McGill’s goal with 15:30 left in the first half proved to be the only scoring in a 1-0 Bullpup victory over Class 5A Salina Central.
McGill’s goal was actually the only shot on frame by either team, though the Bullpups dominated the game in the middle of the pitch.
“We needed a 1-0 win. We needed to get on the other end of that and show we can grind out a game if we had to,” said MHS coach Chris Adrian, whose team pushed past the .500 mark at 6-5-1.
The only scare for the Bullpups came with 26 minutes left in the game when there was a scramble in front of MHS goalie Sam Minnick, but nothing materialized.
Kyle Taliaferro and Jamison Stout earned praise from Adrian for their play as they were solid the entire night.
Adrian said the Bullpups are treating these last five games like the playoffs as it takes five wins to capture a state championship. They pack the final four games into a tight schedule, going to Valley Center on Thursday, hosting Augusta Monday, playing at Circle on Tuesday and then hosting Buhler next Thursday to complete the regular season. MHS figures to be on par or better than those teams as it would like to get on a roll with postseason play just around the corner.
“We’ve got four games left and we’re viewing this as our postseason to get a little practice,” said Adrian, who added his team will look at the Valley Center game as though it was a regional final.
The MHS JVs and Central played to a 0-0 tie.