It wasn’t difficult for McPherson High’s soccer team to stay focused on Winfield here Tuesday night even though the huge rematch with Salina South looms ahead on Thursday.
After all, the Bullpups have developed a nice rivalry with Winfield over the years and they want to win the division championship.
So for a half, the Bullpups were zoomed in mentally on the Vikings, sprinting to a 3-0 lead. They were able to turn the game over to their defense in the second half as neither team scored in the final 40 minutes at windy McPherson Stadium.
Andric McGill scored the first two Bullpup goals and Patrick Munsey, off a corner kick from Kaden Warren, completed the offensive output against what was a freshening wind that buffeted up to 25 mph.
“The first half, against the wind, we looked especially good,” said MHS coach Chris Adrian, whose team takes a 5-1 record to Salina on Thursday as it attempts to avenge its only loss.
Adrian was pleased his team didn’t look ahead.
“This is a good team we beat,” he said. “We knocked them out last year and they almost upset us in the postseason. They’re a good team this year. They just beat Newton 4-2 over the weekend and they’ve got some quality wins.”
The Bullpup JVs were in trouble late, down 1-0, but Lorenzo Cornelius saved the Bullpups with a goal and MHS almost scored moments later, but wound up settling for a 1-1 tie.
Thursday’s game with South will show just how many adjustments the Bullpups have made. The Cougars, the No. 2 team in Class 5A and 6-0 on the season, exploited some MHS defensive mistakes and came away with a 5-0 win in the semifinals of the Maize South Invitational.