MAIZE — McPherson High’s soccer team made sure there was not a first-round upset in the Maize South Invitational this time.
The Bullpups, who were upset by Hays in last year’s event to send them tumbling into the loser’s bracket, overwhelmed the Indians with four first-half goals on Tuesday and went on for a 5-0 victory.
Andric McGill scored the first three goals, with Patrick Munsey tallying the other before intermission. McGill now has 12 goals in three games, eight coming against Hays.
The only scoring of the second half was an own goal as Hays lent the Bullpups a helping hand.
Jose Arriola had a pair of assists, while Munsey and Kento Aizawa were credited with assists as well.
MHS is now expected to play Class 5A’s fifth-ranked team, Salina South, in Thursday’s 4 p.m. semifinals. The Cougars should have no trouble with Life Prep in today’s final first-round game.
“I was really happy with the way the team played tonight,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “We had to sit through two lightning delays before a ball was even kicked, but the team still came out with a fire to score goals. The wet turf made it really difficult for either team to pass the ball, but as the game went on our passing got better and better. Andric got a couple early goals, which made things easier and went on to extend his streak of hat-trick games to three. I was really pleased with the defensive effort tonight. They kept the shutout and Hays never really looked like scoring. We looked a lot more comfortable on defense.”
Adrian realizes there will be no French pastry on the menu for Thursday as South is a team that will be every bit as fast and talented as the Bullpups. In fact, some believe this will be the true championship game.
“The real test will come Thursday as we will most likely see Salina South,” Adrian said. “We have won the games we were supposed to win and Thursday’s game will really show us where we are.”