MAIZE — A half was more than enough for McPherson High’s soccer team in Saturday’s third-place game of the Maize South Invitational.
The Bullpups took out their frustrations of Thursday’s first loss of the season on Thomas More Prep, blitzing the Monarchs for a 4-0 victory, all the goals coming before intermission.
Jackson Lloyd scored his first goal of the year, then turned it over to Andric McGill. McGill recorded his fourth game with at least a hat trick as he furnished MHS’ final three goals, two of them assisted by Jose Arriola and Devin Cape.
McGill now has 15 goals on the season.
“I thought the boys bounced back well after the Salina game,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “TMP put a lot of defenders behind the ball and tried to make it difficult for us to score. We created a lot of good opportunities, especially in the first half. What pleased me about the goals we scored is that we created most of them with good passing and teamwork. Being up four goals at halftime allowed me to rest some players in the second half and give an opportunity for some of my young players to get some varsity minutes.”
MHS has a titanic week coming up. Winfield comes to McPherson Stadium on Tuesday and the two teams have developed quite a rivalry in recent years. Then it’s the rematch with Salina South on Thursday in Salina. The Cougars routed Maize South 5-0 on Saturday to win the tournament championship after pounding the Bullpups 5-0 in the semifinals.