What head coach Chris Adrian considered Friday's match the most complete game so far, the McPherson High School girls soccer team's second-half performance led to shutting out Andover High School 4-0. The Lady Pups improved their record of 6-1-1 on the season.
Andover's defense has done something no other team has done against the Lady Pups, and that's limiting them in making shots on goal. The Lady Pups weren't able to get a single inch of offense as Andover played lockdown defense throughout the first half, making it a scoreless game. McPherson only had one shot on goal while the Lady Spartans had two.
"They (Andover) are really solid. You have to break them down. They're not going to give you anything easy. When you're playing against a team like Andover that's solid in the back, you got to move them around and create some space," Adrian said.
In the second half, McPherson got back into a groove when they finally were on the board after a throw-in by Michaela Bowers that would result in a Hannah Hageman goal, giving McPherson a 1-0 lead. Less than 17 minutes left, McPherson scored again led by Jessie Kynaston's kick outside the tackle box. Immediately after that, Aislinn Hughes joined the party as she gave the Lady Pups' their third goal of the night. After reaching the five-minute mark, Kynaston scored her second goal to give the Lady Pups a 4-0 lead and clinching the victory over Andover.
According to Adrian, he wanted to switch things up in the backside by adding Bowers in the center back to stay stack on both sides of the field.
"We wanted to make sure that we were solid in the back, which is something that we haven't been this year. We threw an extra center back just to try us get an extra player back there, knowing that we're going to be dangerous on the attack," Lady Pups head coach Chris Adrian said.
McPherson outshot the Lady Spartans 10-2 in the second half. Andover had opportunities to put points on the board. However, Riley Hett was able to shut the Lady Spartans down with five saves.
"It was a great team effort. It wasn't an individual effort. I think it was the best whole team performance of the season," Adrian said.
McPherson will have their first road game as they will head over to BG Stadium to face El-Dorado High School on April 17, at 7:30 p.m.
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