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HHS soccer second at McPherson tourney

By The Hays Daily News

McPHERSON -- The Hays High School girls' soccer team fell short in the championship game of the McPherson Invitational.

The Indians lost 2-0 to Andover Central, the defending McPherson Invitational champions.

Hays High (3-1) matched its best finish since it started competing at the tournament in 2007. The Indians finished runner-up last year in McPherson, also losing to Andover Central but that time by a 2-1 margin.

"They are a very strong, very good team," said Hays High head coach Chris Michaelis. "That's why we like to come down to the McPherson tournament: good quality teams that we don't see out West. It gives us some exposure on how they're playing soccer in the central part of the state, which will hopefully help us in the playoffs."

Andover Central got its first goal in the final minute of the first half. Hays High committed a foul in the box, and Andover Central goalkeeper Evan Stamp converted the penalty kick.

The Jaguars added an insurance goal in the 74th minute from Caitlin Orgera.

Though it didn't show on the scoreboard, Michaelis said his squad dominated the possession.

In fact, Hays High finished with seven shots on goal to Andover Central's three.

"I was pleased with the way our girls played," Michaelis said. "I'd have to look at the film, but I thought we probably had possession of the ball about 75 or 80 percent of the game. I thought we did a good job of possessing the ball, moving the ball and controlling ball. We just weren't lucky enough to be on the finishing end of one of those."