ROSE HILL — The road to the Class 4-1A state soccer championship apparently goes through Rose Hill.
The defending state champion and No. 1-ranked Rockets made a major statement on Tuesday as they doubled the No. 3-ranked McPherson Bullpups 6-3 in a showdown of mega-powers.
Andric McGill scored two of the MHS goals, with Patrick Munsey tallying the other. McGill and Jose Arriola were credited with assists.
It was just the second loss for the Bullpups in 10 games and MHS coach Chris Adrian came away disappointed with his team’s start.
“This game should have been much more competitive than it actually was,” Adrian said. “Rose Hill jumped all over us early with their corner kicks and long throws. We would win the initial ball a lot of the times, but Rose Hill was all over the second ball every time and punished us. They finished their chances extremely well.”
The Rockets were at the top of their game, blazing to a 5-1 halftime lead.
“I have to give the boys credit for coming out and fighting the second half,” Adrian said. “They played really well and showed that we can compete against a team like Rose Hill. The goals we scored in this game were great team goals and something we can definitely build on, but we have to be stronger defensively if we are going to win games against a team like this.”
MHS’ JVs also suffered a rare loss, 1-0.
The Bullpups will have some time off to gear up for the final three week of regular season. They have a couple of long road trips next week, Tuesday at Junction City and Thursday at Dodge City.