McPherson High soccer coach Chris Adrian has made a challenge to the school’s students.
“The last time we played Wichita Trinity they had more students at the game than we did,” Adrian said.
The two schools meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at McPherson Stadium and with no school in session and no Royals World Series game, Adrian is hoping students will turn out en masse and support the Bullpups, who are seeking yet another trip to state. Last year the Bullpups advanced to state, losing to Ottawa in the first round.
The Class 4-1A South Central Regional championship will be one the line. Both teams advanced with lopsided victories on Tuesday, the Bullpups 7-1 over Augusta and the Knights 10-0 against Circle.
Adrian said the Bullpups have earned the right to be at home by their regular-season play and they want to take full advantage of it, especially since Trinity is an upper-shelf team and will provide a stern test.
“I don’t care if they’re a 5-seed, they’re good enough to be a 2- or a 3-seed,” Adrian said. “You’ve got to play them at some point, so why not play them at home? Get a big crowd out here Thursday. I think it’s five years since we’ve played Trinity and I still remember that game (the Knights ended the Bullpups’ season). I’m excited about that opportunity. I think it’s going to be a good one.”