McPherson High’s soccer team left nothing to chance.
The Bullpups needed only 10 minutes to basically decide their Class 4-1A Regional Soccer Tournament opener here Tuesday, striking with three quick goals to key a 7-1 victory over AVCTL Division III rival Augusta.
The Bullpups, now 14-3-1, advance to the regional finals to play Wichita Trinity Academy at 7 p.m. Thursday at McPherson Stadium. The Knights were a 10-0 winner over Circle in their game Tuesday.
“That’s what we wanted, get out there (and score) early,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “Second half I wanted to get those starters in for about 10 minutes just because we can play better and possess a little bit better. We kind of forgot how to score goals it seemed like a little bit at the start of the second half.”
By then, MHS already had rocketed to a 6-1 lead. Andric McGill and Devin Cape scored two first-half goals apiece, while Jose Arriola and Patrick Munsey added singletons.
The only Oriole goal was a Bullpup gift, as Munsey accidentally headed a ball into the Augusta net.
McGill completed his hat trick in the second half with the only score. MHS reserves filtered in and out of the game over the final 22 minutes.
Arriola also was credited with two assists while McGill had one.
“Seven goals, can’t complain about that,” said Adrian, whose team seems to get them in bunches. “We’re doing all those little things right, we’ve just got to make sure on defense we’re calm and composed back there. Hopefully this game got out a little of those postseason jitters.”
Adrian knows his team has no easy task on Thursday as the winner advances to the Elegant Eight.
“Trinity Thursday is going to be a lot of fun,” Adrian said. “They’ve beaten Winfield, which is (ranked) No. 3 (in the region) and they’ve beaten Berean already, who is No. 4. Their scores look very similar to us against common opponents. It’s going to be a good battle. One thing I’ve learned is that you want to play those games at home... they’re good enough to be a 2 or 3 seed.”