Mercy, mercy, mercy.
For the third straight game, the McPherson High boys soccer team ended the proceedings by the mercy rule as it blanked El Dorado 10-0 here Tuesday, a game that was stopped with 37:30 remaining.
As has been the case all season, the Bullpups spread the wealth in improving to 7-3 as they prepare to play four games in seven days, starting with Thursday’s road game at Salina South. It should be noted the varsity game will be played at 5:00 due to possible inclement weather later in the evening.
“I think we hit three goal posts or crossbars before we scored,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “Once we scored that first one, we got three within about 2 minutes of each other. It was kind of like the dam broke. We just had to get that first one. We had some nice shots early that were a bit unlucky.”
Britton Haigh had his second home hat trick of the season to lead the offense. Darrius Armstrong had a monster night with two goals and an assist, while Luke Brossard also tallied twice. Singletons were by Samie Jaime, Rhett Edmonson and Jael Jaime.
Drew Schrader and Samie Jaime had two assists apiece. Jael Jaime also had an assist.
“They don’t care who scores,” Adrian said of his team, noting it’s encouraging as a coach to see that the Bullpups share the ball so well. “They’re all willing to play wherever I put them. You look at Jael, I think he played five different positions for me. And Drew is doing the same. They’re all smart enough to figure it out. What that means is that if somebody gets hurt, we’ve got the replacements on the field.”
MHS had a 62-second stretch in the first half where it scored three goals, which took the suspense out of the game. The Bullpups fired away for 21 shots and MHS goalie Nathan Lloyd was able to relax as he had a clean sheet.
The MHS JVs also sparkled with a 9-0 win. Brossard, Cody Achilles and Zach Wash all tallied two goals. Carson Stone, Cale Bauer and Florian Gergs had one each. Bauer had two assists, with Achilles, Brossard, Marcel Hortskamp and Arturo Noriega all adding one.
Following Thursday’s game at Salina, the Bullpups play three games in a four-day stretch next week.
“I told the guys to forget the last three games because you’re not going to see that (10-0 wins) any more,” Adrian said. “In practice we’ve been trying to get our varsity offense going against our varsity defense as much as possible. We want them to be used to playing varsity-caliber teams.”