There are some who believe that tonight’s McPherson Invitational Soccer Tournament semifinal game between the Bullpups and Newton could actually decide the title.
The teams meet at 8 p.m. in Salina, due to impending construction at McPherson Stadium.
The Bullpups advanced with a 5-1 rout of Augusta on Tuesday, while Newton rolled past Salina South 4-0, the same Cougar team MHS edged just 3-2 in the first game of the season.
But this is a challenge MHS coach Chris Adrian believes his team needs to find out where it’s really at.
“Newton will definitely be the toughest team we have faced this season and I’m really looking forward to seeing how our team plays against them,” Adrian said. “Brooklyn Entz is one of the best players in the state and will present us with a lot of challenges. Winning our first three games is a great start, but I know this team can play much better than they have been and believe playing a team like Newton is going to force us to kick it into another gear.”
Entz scored all four Railer goals in their opening-round triumph. Aislinn Hughes duplicated that feat for the Bullpups against Augusta.
In the other semifinal, Maize South takes on Hays at 6:00. South was an 8-3 winner over Topeka on Tuesday, exploding for five goals after the game had been tied at 3-all. Hays surprised some observers with a 1-0 victory over Andover Central, which has been one of the powers in the 10 years of this tournament.
Saturday’s schedule in Salina starts with a rise-and-shine seventh-place game at 8 a.m., with subsequent games at 10:00, noon and the championship game at 2:00.