McPherson High’s boys soccer team enters the final third of the regular season here Tuesday against arch-rival Buhler.
The JVs start at 6 p.m., with the varsity matching up at 7:30 at McPherson Stadium.
MHS heads into its final four games with an 8-4 record and every game matters now from a postseason seeding purpose. The Bullpups are hoping for a strong finishing kick so they can secure at least one home postseason game, possibly two.
In the past, the Bullpups have had their way with the Crusaders, but things have changed in Buhler as it has made big strides.
“They are definitely improved from last year,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “They are organized and have some speed on their team. This is going to be a big game for our boys and will have some huge league implications. Playing against Buhler always gets the team fired up and ready to go, but to play them at the end of the season with a league title on the line is going to take this game to another level.”
Adrian said the Bullpups can wrap up the league with a victory as they are undefeated in AVCTL action. They are coming off a numbing 3-2 double-overtime loss to defending Class 5A champion Salina South and have been stewing ever since. It was their third overtime loss of the year and in each game MHS had a one-goal lead and couldn’t hang on.
“ I always like to see how a team responds in the next game after a tough loss and from judging by the way the boys practiced on Friday, I'd say they are motivated and ready to go,” Adrian said. “I'm anticipating that we will have our biggest crowd of the season and it should be a good game for the fans to come out and watch.”