Let the gauntlet begin.
McPherson High boys soccer coach Chris Adrian said this week will have a state-like feel with three games.
Unlike state though, these three games will be in four days, starting with tonight’s home game with Hutchinson at McPherson Stadium. The Bullpups turn right around and play at Buhler on Tuesday for back-to-back rivalry games, then are home on Thursday to take on always-strong Valley Center.
“It’s going to be a real tough week and obviously playing back-to-back days against two quality sides is not ideal but hey, we hope to be doing it again in 3 weeks at state so why not get some practice?” Adrian queried. “Tuesday’s game against Buhler will decide who finishes as league champions as we are both the only two undefeated teams in the league. That’s what makes today’s game against Hutch difficult. Our bench players are going to play a major role as I plan on limiting the minutes of my midfield and forward players so we’ve got plenty in the tank for Tuesday.”
MHS and Valley Center will be playing for a second time this year on Thursday.
“We turn around and play Valley Center Thursday, who will be looking for revenge after we narrowly defeated them in the Maize South Tournament early in the year,” Adrian said. “It’s going to be challenging week for sure, but one that should really prepare the boys for postseason play.”
The Bullpups are 8-3 on the year and every win matters because of postseason pairings.
Today’s JV game has a 5 p.m. start, with the varsity throwdown at 6:30. Both tonight’s and Thursday’s varsity games will be carried on 96.7 KBBE-FM with Voice of the Bullpups Jim Joyner on the call.