McPherson High girls soccer coach Chris Adrian has a pretty good idea what Augusta will try to do on Thursday when the teams meet at 4 p.m. in the second round of the Class 4-1A regional at Grant Complex.
MHS, which drew a first-round bye thanks to its 12-2-1 record, takes on an Augusta team that it has pummeled twice by a combined score of 12-1. So most likely the Orioles are going to pack it in around the Bullpup goal and try to keep it a 0-0 game as long as possible, trying to steal it at the end.
Augusta was a 1-0 winner over Andover Central in its first-round game on Tuesday.
If the Bullpups win, they play the winner of Hays and Circle next week. The Bullpups have defeated both teams, but Adrian is expecting Hays to come away with the win.
“One thing we learned from last year is you cannot afford to look past anyone,” Adrian said. “If you remember, we were seconds away from losing to Rose Hill when we tied the game and eventually won in overtime. We have seen Augusta twice this season and know what to expect, but postseason soccer is a different animal and we will be ready to go. Hays takes on Circle in the other regional final and I’m guessing Hays will win that potentially setting up another rematch.”
The Bullpups’ only losses are to Newton and Derby, two teams expected to go a long way in Class 5A and 6A, respectively. They tied with Valley Center, another Class 5A power.
MHS, of course, is wanting to get back to the Final Four, where last year it made it to the state championship game before losing 1-0 to Topeka Hayden.