You have to say McPherson High’s boys soccer team plays one of the toughest regular-season schedules around.
And Tuesday’s game may be the toughest of all.
The third-ranked Bullpups travel to Rose Hill to take on the defending state champion and No. 1-ranked Rockets.
The showdown starts at 7 p.m.
MHS takes an 8-1 record into the game while the Rockets are undefeated.
“We are expecting a tough, physical battle,” said MHS coach Chris Adrian, whose team is coming off recent uber-emotional wins over previously undefeated Salina South and arch-rival Hutchinson, with a win over Augusta sandwiched in between. “Rose Hill has been steamrolling a lot of teams. They have lots of speed and are returning several key players from last year’s state championship squad. This game is going to feel as close to a postseason match as we see during the regular season and will most likely decide which team finishes as league champs.”
Adrian well remembers last year’s game as it was halted at halftime with the Rockets leading 2-0, but MHS was about to get the wind at its back when a spectacular lightning storm short-circuited the evening.
“This team still remembers that well,” Adrian said. “The boys are really excited about this opportunity, it’s not very often you get a No. 3 vs. No. 1 matchup in the regular season.”
This will be MHS’ only game of the week as it has Thursday off.