It was all about the seniors during McPherson High’s final regular-season home match on Thursday.
But the Bullpups are far from done playing at McPherson Stadium.
According to MHS coach Chris Adrian, the Bullpups could play as many as three home games in the postseason as they clinched the No. 1 seed in the Class 4-1A regional with a 6-0 blanking of a good Great Bend team.
Senior Andric McGill scored a hat trick and senior Hadley Hageman assisted on three goals, while fellow senior Patrick Munsey scored two goals and senior Jackson Lloyd had the other. Lloyd had an assist as well as the seniors led the way to MHS’ 12th win in 16 games, the only four losses coming to Class 6A and 5A teams, three of those in overtime.
It was the perfect performance going into postseason play, presumably on Tuesday. Pairings will be announced Saturday.
Adrian believes if the Bullpups perform as well as they did against the Panthers, they’re a team that could make the Final Four.
“It was awesome. That was fun,” Adrian said. “That first half, the first 20 minutes, is the best we’ve looked all season. We were rolling and were playing with so much energy it felt like a postseason game for these guys. They just worked and worked and worked so hard.”
The Bullpups split their goals evenly with three in each half. The first two goals came less than 10 minutes into the game and the Panthers probably knew then they caught the Bullpups on a bad night as their passing was spot-on.
“They were on their heels and that allowed us possess,” Adrian said.
MHS fired away at Great Bend freshman goalie Daniel Cervantes, who actually made some tremendous saves to keep the game as close as it was. It wasn’t like the Bullpups were playing a lower-level team as the Panthers have enjoyed a lot of success at times this year.
“They are a good team,” Adrian said. “We were a great team. They just played so good today. It’s so encouraging. This is when I want us playing like that. We’re going in (to the postseason) healthy.”
Tanner Rose, another senior, picked up the clean sheet in goal, turning away four shots.
MHS’ JVs finished their season with a 1-0 victory on a goal by Mitch Harger, assisted by Luke Brossard.
Other seniors honored were Trey Hett, Ryan Gawanda and Joseph Cox.