McPherson High’s soccer team hopes to work its way up the state rankings.
The Bullpups will begin the season ranked No. 4 in Class 4-1A, according to the Kansas Soccer Coaches Association.
AVCTL Division III rival Rose Hill is ranked No. 1, with Bishop Miege and Trinity Academy also ahead of the Bullpups. Topeka Hayden rounds out the rankings at No. 5.
The Bullpups, who lost only one senior off an 11-6-2 team that advanced to the Elite Eight last year, open their season here Tuesday against Mulvane.
Of note, Salina South — a probable opponent in the upcoming Maize South Invitational — is ranked No. 3 in Class 5A. If form holds true, the teams would meet in the semifinals.