McPherson High’s soccer team faced its first adversity of the season here Thursday.
Hays stunned the Bullpups by scoring a goal before their fans had barely settled into their seats, a far cry from Tuesday when MHS basically played against air in a 10-0 rout against Mulvane.
But the Bullpups merely brushed off the early deficit, as Andric McGill scored five goals to key a 6-2 victory and he now has nine on the year.
“You don’t want it (giving up a goal right out of the chute), but at the same time it’s not bad for your guys to get that,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “They had some good, big players up top... and not having played any defense in the previous game was a little bit to blame. We just looked a little asleep back there in the back. In the second half, I thought we played a lot more simple... we just controlled things a little better.”
After being down 1-0 less than 5 minutes in, MHS scored four goals in 18 minutes as it applied relentless pressure. Hays cut into the lead on a penalty kick right before the half, but it was all Bullpups in the second half, with McGill scoring both MHS goals.
“He’s on fire,” Adrian said. “He could have had six, seven. He had a couple of 1 v 1s. The thing I have told him, too, is that his work on defense is what I think is still, for me, the biggest difference from last year.”
Jose Arriola scored the other MHS goal, as the Bullpups have totaled 16 in two games.
Kaden Warren and Patrick Munsey were credited with two assists apiece, while Arriola and Jeremy Krehbiel notched the others.
“It wasn’t our best performance, but like I told the guys, if you’re still winning 6-2 and you’re playing just OK, that’s a good problem I guess,” Adrian said.
Hays certainly has a lot of work on between now and Tuesday because it has to play MHS again in the first round of the Maize South Invitational.
The MHS JVs were a 1-0 winner to move to 2-0 on the season. Francisco Alcaraz broke the scoreless tie.