In some ways, McPherson High girls soccer coach Chris Adrian thought his team came away as a winner here Friday despite losing 1-0 in double-overtime to Class 6A Hutchinson.
Jordan Downing’s perfect pass set up Jazmin Hartshorn, whose goal 1:29 into the second overtime gave the Salthawks the golden goal victory.
“That was the kind of game we want to be playing,” said Adrian, whose team reached the halfway point of the season with a sparkling 6-2 record, which isn’t bad considering he has no senior starters. “You want to play teams like Hutch that push you. I saw what I wanted to see today. Once we got into overtime, honestly I wanted to see if this team could fight, could they raise their level of play against a team like Hutch and there were moments in this game where we were taking it to them. It wasn’t like they were dominating.”
In fact, the Bullpups finished the game with a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal.
Both goalies were tremendous. First-year Salthawk goalie Lyric Martin made a super save early in the game on a Paige Schmidt attempt and later she turned back a good try by Michelle Carrillo.
MHS’ Sydney Ruder was Martin’s equal as she stopped a couple of rockets, including an attempt by Downing with 20 seconds remaining in the game that appeared to have a chance to win it.
“We missed a couple of really good opportunities, but to only give up one goal even against a Hutch team that is very offensive... you look at the scores they’ve had this year, they’re scoring 4-5 goals against anyone. We’ve got a team that can compete with anyone and that’s what I want.”
There was no JV game.
MHS goes back on the road on Tuesday to play Class 6A Derby.