The blink of an eye.
That’s about how long it took for McPherson High’s Andric McGill to score here Tuesday night in the soccer season opener against Mulvane at McPherson Stadium.
His goal 10 seconds into the game was the firestarter to a 10-0 rout, with the evening ending 59 seconds into the second half because of the 10-goal rule.
“That was the fastest goal I’ve ever seen,” said MHS coach Chris Adrian, whose fifth-ranked team unleashed a 19-shot barrage on overwhelmed Wildcat goalie Matt Temple. “That’s what we wanted to do from the start. Our goal was to just jump on them early and to put pressure on them.”
The Bullpups resembled a swarm of bees as their breathtaking pace exhausted the Wildcats’ defense early. By the time the first half was over it was 9-0 and as expected, the Bullpups wasted little time ending the game early to save some energy for Hays here Thursday.
McGill wound up scoring four goals and Munsey added three as McGill wore the golden sombrero and Munsey the hat trick. Jose Arriola came close with two goals and Darrius Armstrong rushed to the front for the other. McGill also came up with two assists and Arriola one.
“Jose and Andric as forwards were just relentless up there with their pressure,” Adrian said. “I thought Andric played the best defense I’ve ever seen him play. We’ve seen him as a freshman and sophomore work hard on offense, but tonight you saw him work hard on defense.”
Mulvane almost never made it to the Bullpup end of the field as MHS goalie Sam Minnick spent most of the night urging on his teammates while enjoying a stress-free 40 minutes and 59 seconds..
Overall, the night rated a thumbs-up from Adrian.
“We scored a few goals off their mistakes, but we did create some goals off some nice passing patterns,” Adrian said. “We didn’t overlook them, we came in ready. We had some games last year where we’d play a team like this and the intensity would drop and it would stay closer than it needed to be... we’re coming out and playing every game like it’s a Rose Hill, it’s a Buhler.”
It won’t take MHS much to get motivated for Thursday’s game here with Hays. The Bullpups lost and tied in matches last year against a team that won only a few matches, according to Adrian.
“Hays will be a tougher team coming in,” Adrian said. “They tied us and beat us and that still chaps these guys big time.”
MHS’ JVs won 3-0 behind goals by Noah Scott, Ryan Gawanda and Connor Williams. Luke Brossard was credited with an assist. Tanner Rose was in goal.