WINFIELD — There was no letdown on Tuesday for McPherson High’s boys soccer team.
Coming off its emotional championship victory on Saturday in the Maize South Invitational, the Bullpups needed to maintain their high level since Winfield is one of the tougher teams on their schedule.
But a goal in each half propelled the Bullpups to a 2-0 road victory as they are now 5-1 on the year with another top-shelf opponent next up on Thursday when state-ranked Salina Central invades McPherson Stadium.
Jackson Lloyd scored the first goal, assisted by Patrick Munsey. Andric McGill, off a Lloyd feed, deposited the second goal.
“We didn't play our best tonight, but were able to grind out a result and get the win against a good league opponent,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “Jackson Lloyd got us going early with a goal off an unselfish pass from Patrick Munsey. Unfortunately after the goal we got away from our game and Winfield started to put some pressure on us. They are a solid team, led by a big senior class and that age difference started to show in the second half. We finally were able to get the second goal late in the game which gave us a little breathing room.”
MHS had a wide 11-4 advantage in shots and Tanner Rose came up with four saves for the Bullpups.
“Tanner Rose had his first game where he had to make multiple saves under pressure and showed why he is one of the top keepers in the state,” Adrian said.
In the JV game, MHS was a 1-0 winner as Jael Jaime scored, assisted by Trey Hett.