LEAGUE CHAMPS! MHS kickers win title

By Steve Sell
October 19, 2016
Kendall Shaw-File

TOWANDA — McPherson High’s boys soccer team completed a perfect Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League run with an 11-1 rout of Circle on Tuesday.

MHS won the Division III-IV title with a 7-0 record and takes an 11-4 mark into the regular-season finale at home on Thursday against Great Bend.

“The game may not have been very close, but it was very significant,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “The win means we finish undefeated in our league with a 7-0 record and are guaranteed to finish either as the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in our regional standings, which means homefield advantage possibly all the way to the quarterfinals. We finish our league schedule with 54 goals scored and only allowed 3. I thought we did a good job tonight coming in focused on the game and we played to our level.”

The only T-Bird goal came on what Adrian thought was a questionable penalty kick as the game ended at halftime due to the 10-goal rule.

Adrian lauded the play of Devin Cape, who had two goals, and Trenton Stecklein, who played center-back as Hadley Hageman was rested for the day due to a minor injury.

Andric McGill came up with a hat trick to augment Cape. Darrius Armstrong and Drew Schrader scored two goals apiece, while Jackson Lloyd also scored. The 11th goal came when Circle misplayed a ball for an own goal.

Patrick Munsey had three assists, while Lloyd, McGill and Schrader all had one apiece.

The Bullpups were efficient as they scored 11 goals off 24 shots.

In the JV game, the Bullpups were a 4-0 winner. Luke Brossard, Jael Jaime, Sammy Jaime and Ryan Gawanda scored the goals. Gawanda and Sammy Jaime had assists.

Thursday’s times at McPherson Stadium are 4 p.m. for the JVs and 5:30 for the varsity.