McPherson High's girls soccer team was on the defensive for most of the 80 minutes here Tuesday.
Speedy Andover Central applied wall-to-wall pressure on the Bullpups, who stayed in their opening-round game of the McPherson Invitational on the strength of Sydney Ruder's play in goal.
After being denied on seven straight attempts, the Jaguars finally broke through against the wall Ruder had constructed and earned a spot in Thursday's semifinals with a 1-0 victory.
Paris Vineza scored 7 minutes into the second half off an assist by Masen Stamp for the game-winner.
"We had no idea what to expect from Andover Central to be honest," said MHS coach Chris Adrian, whose team is now 2-1. "We've had two games under our belts, so I'm sure they've had a chance to see what kind of team we were. And the way they played in the first half was different than probably any team we'll see play all year in terms of formation and personnel. I wish I had a timeout in the first 5 minutes. At halftime we were able to make some of those adjustments."
The teams actually had the same number of shots in the second half as MHS finally mounted some offense after not coming close in the first half. Alayna Wallace and Jessie Kynaston both had chances to get MHS on the board.
Adrian thought that Laiken Hein and Heidi Myers turned in solid efforts.
"Both center-backs Laiken Hein and Heidi Myers were winning things, they were really aggressive," Adrian said.
The Jaguars and Maize South will meet in the semifinals in what is a rematch of last year's tourney title game.
"Andover Central is good. There's a reason they're always playing in the finals of this tournament," Adrian said.
Salina South and Newton also won first-round games to earn spots in the other semi.
The Bullpups play Augusta at 4 p.m. Thursday as they now try to finish in fifth.
• Salina South 6, Hays 2 — Nicole Budke scored a hat trick for the Cougars, who led 3-0 at the half.
Budke scored two of her goals in the second half.
South was up 3-0 before Hays’ Talyn Kleweno scored back-to-back goals to cut the lead to 3-2. The Cougars then scored three unanswered goals.
Mikayla Maresco augmented Budke with two goals. South had a 12-7 advantage in shots.
• Newton 6, Topeka High 1 — Just like Salina South, Newton scored three goals in both halves.
Brooklyn Entz scored the tournament’s second hat trick.
The Railers fired off 10 shots to seven for the Trojans.
• Maize South 10, Augusta 0 — The Mavericks ended the game with 11.5 seconds left on a Brooke Cooper score as the 10-goal rule came into effect.
The Mavericks exploded with seven first-half goals, but things quieted down a bit in the second half.
Seven different players scored a goal each for Maize South and it also was the beneficiary of an own goal. Ryann Burnett was the only Maverick to score two goals as they spread the wealth
Despite giving up 10 goals, Augusta’s Brittany Johnson came up with a tournament-high 14 saves as Maize South constantly peppered her with shots, 24 in all.
• SCOREBOARD •
Salina South 6, Hays 2
Newton 6, Topeka High 1
Maize South 10, Augusta 0
Andover Central 1, McPherson 0
2:00 — Hays vs. Topeka High
4:00 — Augusta vs. McPherson
6:00 — Salina South vs. Newton
8:00 — Maize South vs. Andover Central
10:00 — 7th-Place Game
Noon — 5th-Place Game
2:00 — 3rd-Place Game
4:00 — 1st-Place Game