About the only chance the El Dorado girls soccer team has against McPherson High here Tuesday in the first round of the Class 4-1A Regional Tournament is to put all 11 players around the Bullpup goal like a human shield.
El Dorado comes to town winless in 14 games and has yet to score a goal this year. One of its losses was 11-0 to the Bullpups in a game that lasted only a half.
The matchup takes place at 6:00 on Tuesday at McPherson Stadium.
Assuming El Dorado doesn’t pull one of the greatest shockers in state history, the Bullpups will be back home on Thursday to take on the winner of Hays and Augusta.
“I’d say there is about a 99 percent chance we will see Hays in the regional final, which would be an excellent game,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “They are a solid team and have beaten some quality opponents like Thomas More Prep and Trinity. A win Thursday night would mean we play at home again for the state quarterfinals. We’ve put ourselves in a great position, now it’s just going out and executing our game and playing with confidence. This is my favorite time of the year and the girls are ready for this opportunity.”
The 13-3 Bullpups are white-hot entering the postseason, having won six games in a row by a combined score of 40-2. They struggled somewhat earlier in the season on the offensive end, but once freshman Claire Hedlund became integrated into the attack, the team took off. She combines with Alayna Wallace, Aislinn Hughes and Jessie Kynaston to make up a formidable quartet and opponents can’t focus on one player. Hedlund has had games of four and three goals recently, while Wallace has been handing out assists at a rapid clip.
The Bullpups have been to the Final Four each of the last two years, taking third last year and second the year before.