BUHLER — Round 1 of the two-day McPherson High-Buhler sports extravaganza went to the Bullpups here Thursday as the soccer team crushed the Crusaders 7-0 to complete a 13-3 regular season.
Round 2 is tonight when the two schools’ football teams also play on the new Crusader turf.
The Bullpups completed a goal-fest of a week, as they had scored six on Tuesday against Circle. They overwhelmed Buhler from the start by scoring five first-half goals and were able to enjoy the fruits of their labor over the final 40 minutes.
“The boys always look forward to the matchup with Buhler and came out aggressive from the start,” Adrian said. “We jumped all over them early and then were able to rest a lot of players in the second half with a 5-0 first-half lead.”
The Bullpups’ superior skill and experience set the tone.
“Patrick (Munsey) had a great game scoring two goals and assisting two others,” Adrian said. “The combo of him, Andric (McGill), Jose (Arriola) and Jeremy (Krehbiel) was just too much for Buhler to handle. Our passing was even better than the game against Circle and it looks like things are really starting to click for the boys at the right time. I really liked to see us score so many goals from crosses in this game. It’s something we have worked on all season, but hasn’t shown in a lot of games. Our attack had a lot of variety, which is great going into the postseason. We now know that we can score goals in a variety of different ways. I was really happy to see our defense play solid and keep a shutout.”
That shutout went to Tanner Rose, who filled in for starting goalie Sam Minnick as he missed the game due to illness.
In addition to Munsey’s two goals, McGill scored a hat trick, while Krehbiel and Arriola had the other goals. Munsey and Arriola had two assists apiece, while Darrius Armstrong, Hadley Hageman and Kento Aizawa had the others.
The MHS JVs were a 1-0 winner on a goal by Thomas Smith, assisted by Jackson Lloyd.
MHS will be home on Tuesday, but does not yet know who it will play.