Normally, McPherson High boys soccer coach Chris Adrian says his team gets little improvement out of a mercy-rule victory like the 10-0 one it pinned on Mulvane here Thursday.
But this game was different, if for nothing else it was the Bullpups’ first appearance on the pitch in nearly 10 days, not to mention only their second game at home this season as they have been road warriors.
And the Bullpups kept their focus throughout, as they sent their fans home after just 40 minutes as all their goals came before the normal halftime break and the second half wasn’t needed.
“I thought we stayed focused,” said Adrian, whose team is now 6-3 on the year. “We did a lot of good things tonight. We passed the ball really well and we had some good finishes.”
It started badly for the Wildcats when they helped the Bullpups with an own goal, but MHS needed very little help after that.
Darrius Armstrong, Jael Jaime and Drew Schrader all scored two goals apiece. The others were by Britton Haigh, Samie Jaime and Connor Williams.
Schrader and Armstrong had two assists apiece. Rhett Edmonson had the other.
“We had 10 goals on 24 shots,” Adrian said. “That’s a pretty good percentage. We’ll take that every time.”
Mulvane did take on shot at MHS goalie Nathan Lloyd, who had another clean sheet between the pipes.
MHS also romped in the JV game, 9-0. Cody Achilles scored four goals to lead the way, with Logan Eidger scoring two. Mark Fincher, Marcel Hortskamp and Floria Gergs also got into the act. Achilles added two assists and Gergs had one.
MHS has another home game on Tuesday when El Dorado comes to town. The Wildcats recently defeated Mulvane 4-1 for the first win in their brief history. The game will be carried on 96.7 KBBE with Voice of the Bullpups Jim Joyner on the call.