AUGUSTA — The letdown was inevitable.
McPherson High’s soccer team, coming off its thrilling 2-1 victory over Salina South last Thursday, went somewhat flat on Tuesday against Augusta, though it still emerged with a comfortable 4-1 victory to reach the halfway point of the season with a 7-1 record.
Kaden Warren turned from a passer to a scorer by notching both first-half goals. Patrick Munsey and Jamison Stout had assists.
In the second half, Jose Arriola scored off a feed from Andric McGill, who completed the scoring after a pass from Devin Cape. McGill has scored in seven of eight games this year.
MHS had 11 shots on goal, while Sam Minnick was called on to make only one save.
“There was a little bit of a letdown in this game after the excitement of last Thursday’s game against Salina,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “We played well, but just lacked that extra bit of energy and focus.”
Warren was lauded by Adrian.
“Kaden played his best game of the season and scored a couple well-deserved goals,” Adrian said.
The Bullpups now gear up for one of their most important two-game stretches of the season. They host arch-rival Hutchinson on Thursday (varsity game time 5:30 p.m.), then play Tuesday at the No. 1-ranked team in the state, Rose Hill.
“I don’t anticipate the players’ focus being an issue for either of those two games,” Adrian said.
The JVs were a 2-0 winner, as Connor Williams and Ryan Gawanda scored the goals.