VALLEY CENTER — McPherson High’s girls soccer team accomplished what it set out to do on Thursday.
A win or a tie for the Bullpups against highly regarded Valley Center would allow them to clinch homefield advantage throughout the postseason.
So after a 1-1 road tie with the Hornets, it will be home sweet home for the Bullpups.
“This was a great game for a final tune-up going into postseason,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “This game carried a lot of significance because we knew a win or a tie would give us the No. 1 seed in our region and it gave me a chance to see how our team could play under real pressure. Valley Center is a really good team and they have so many players that are attacking threats.”
Paige Schmidt scored the Bullpup goal, off an assist by Alayna Wallace. Unlike several games where MHS dominated the time of possession, Bullpup goalie Sydney Ruder was kept busy as she turned back six Hornet shots on goal and Adrian said she made some key stops late when the game was on the line.
“They caused us some problems on defense, especially in the final 10 minutes of the first half which is when they got their goal, but I was really happy that our girls were able to make some adjustments and fix a lot of the problems we were having mid-game,” Adrian said.
Adrian said the team chemistry has developed over the season and everybody is on the same page.
“They are a coachable group of girls and only care about the team,” Adrian said. “Who gets the goals never really seems to be the focus. Tonight it was Paige Schmidt scoring another goal with her head off an Alayna Wallace corner kick. Paige has really turned into a threat on set plays this year.”
MHS finished regular season play with a 12-3-1 record and now it awaits its regional seeding. The Bullpups, who aren’t expected to play until Thursday at McPherson Stadium, are hoping to make a deep playoff run, since the Class 4-1A Final Four will be contested at McPherson Stadium at the end of the month.
The Bullpup JV soccer team put the finishing touches on an 8-2 season with a 1-0 victory. Kenzie Shoulders’ unassisted goal was the difference