BUHLER, Kan. – There’s the old saying, you can throw the records out the window when rivals play. McPherson soccer had struggled through injuries and a 2-6 record coming into Tuesday’s match with Buhler. The Crusaders, however, were prepared for a scrap. A second-half penalty kick helped lead them to a 3-1 victory.
AJ Thetford got the home crowd on its feet, finding the net at the 11:49 mark in the first half to give Buhler a 1-0 lead.
A late free kick from McPherson’s Hayden Hoxie tied the game, 1-1, going into the half.
Buhler’s defense has been impressive all season, Tuesday was no exception. The Crusaders held the Bullpups scoreless in a tense second half.
Buhler’s second goal came on an Ethan Stambaugh penalty kick at the 14:39 mark in the second half. Later, Amos Harder would sneak a shot past the goalie with 5:31 remaining, for the final score of the night.
Buhler has now reeled off six-straight wins and is 8-1 overall on the season. During that six-game stretch, opposing offenses have found the net only twice.
It’s a short turnaround for the Crusaders, as they travel to Augusta for a pivotal league match on Thursday. The outcome could very possibly decide the league championship.
The JV squad was also in a tight battle with McPherson Tuesday, coming out on the losing end of a 1-0 final score.