McPherson High’s boys soccer team seems to be at its best after a loss.
Not that it has happened often this year.
The Bullpups, coming off their second loss of the season — both in overtime — had a nice bounce-back game here Tuesday with a 6-1 rout of Augusta. After their first loss, they blasted defending Class 4-1A state champion Rose Hill, 5-0.
MHS reaches the midway point of the season with a 6-2 record and has a highly emotional showdown game coming up on Thursday at Hutchinson.
“We controlled the whole game,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “Our possession looked really good tonight, just passing the ball all over the place. Second half especially once we wore them down, we started playing direct and getting around on the outside. You saw players like Drew (Schrader), Jackson (Lloyd) and Conner (Williams) getting involved, not just Patrick (Munsey) and Andric (McGill). Tyler (Hoxie) and Britton (Haigh) did a good job in the midfield.”
McGill and Munsey were still plenty involved though. In perhaps the most-rounded game of his career, the stealth-like McGill scored a hat trick and assisted on the other three goals, while the relentless Munsey had two goals. Jackson Lloyd scored a goal and Schrader chipped in with an assist. For the game, MHS unfurled 17 shots while the on-their-heels Orioles could manage just two.
It was 3-1 at the half and the Bullpups totally dominated the second half. Adrian said McGill playing distributor takes some of the heat off of him as it makes the defense spread out.
“That’s what we’ve been working on in practice with him. We watched that last game film and he made only seven passes the whole game,” Adrian said. “He’s a great player and if we can get him combining with others, it just takes him to another level. He had a great game, the three finishes he had were outside the box.”
The MHS JV stormed to a 9-0 win and everybody got into the act. Sammy Jaime led the way with two goals and two assists, while single goals were by Ryan Gawanda, Trey Hett, Jael Jaime, Rhett Edmonson, Luke Brossard, Francisco Alcaraz and Mitch Harger. Jackson Schrader had two assists, while Joseph Cox and Jael Jaime had one.