By William

MCPHERSON – The McPherson Bullpup boys soccer team stumbled out of the gate for the 2020 season as they lost a 3-0 match with Newton on Saturday.

After playing to a 0-0 score in the first half, the Railers scored three times in the second half while keeping the Bullpups from getting much of anything near the goal.

McPherson had but three shots on goal for the game while Kelvin Peterson made three saves in goal for the Bullpups.

“First, I have to say it was so great to see the team out there with a chance to compete after everything that has happened over the past few months,” explained Bullpup Head Coach Chris Adrian in his post-game reflections. “It was a memorable day for so many of the players as seven Bullpups made their first varsity start.”

When breaking down the game, Coach Adrian noted, “On the defensive end, I thought we played pretty solid with Logan Ediger and Wesley Wurm leading the back line. We started the game well but struggled to create chances to score. The 0-3 score line is a little deceiving because it was a one goal game with just five minutes to go and we made the decision to throw a couple of defenders forward to try and equalize but instead left ourselves open to the counter attack. Newton made some good adjustments in the second half and their experience showed at the end of the game.”

Coach Adrian concluded his reflections by saying, “The experience the team gained from this game is going to be valuable and I anticipate a good bounce back on Tuesday when we play Salina South. This team is full of good kids that played hard and play very unselfishly. They will continue to grow in confidence and improve as the season goes on.”

In the Bullpups junior varsity game, Newton won 4-1 with Dayveon Crawford scoring the lone goal for McPherson.

McPherson returns to the field on Tuesday when they travel north to play Salina South.

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