MAIZE — It was reality check time for McPherson High’s soccer team on Thursday.
The Bullpups, who had been playing at a rarefied level through three games by scoring 21 goals, landed with a thud against state-ranked Salina South by losing 5-0 in the semifinals of the Maize South Invitational.
South, coming off a 16-win season and with state championship aspirations in Class 5A, dominated the game and disarmed the normally potent MHS offense.
Bullpup coach Chris Adrian offered no excuses, as he credited South with a tremendous game.
“Hats off to Salina South, they are a really good team and outplayed us,” Adrian said. “We did not play well and obviously some of that is due to the opposition, but I know we can play and compete much better than we did tonight. We made a few silly mistakes, which cost us goals and Salina took advantage. We only gave up eight shots on goal, but the problem was that just about every shot we did give up was a good scoring opportunity for Salina... we learned more from this game than the previous three combined. We kept trying to attack this team like they were Mulvane or Hays and couldn’t adjust. We get another shot against Salina next week and our preparation for the game has already started.”
The Bullpups play Thomas More Prep for third place on Saturday.