McPherson High boys soccer coach Chris Adrian is taking nothing for granted.
While all signs point toward his Bullpups preparing to play Winfield on Tuesday at McPherson Stadium in the first round of regional play, there’s still a scintilla of a chance they could draw Augusta.
Winfield and Augusta meet in a play-in game today at Winfield, then the winner turns around and comes to McPherson on Tuesday. Match time is 6:00 and listen to the action on 96.7 KBBE-FM with Voice of the Bullpups Jim Joyner on the call.
“I’d assume it will be Winfield, but you never know,” said Adrian, whose team is 11-5 on the season. “Our focus will be to come out strong from the opening whistle. Sometimes that first postseason game can cause a slow start and whoever we play, they will have already played their first game. Winfield is well coached and I’m sure will have made some adjustments since the last time we played them. It’s definitely not a game that we can afford to look past. I really like where our team is at right now. We are healthy and have a balanced roster of quality players. This team plays as a team and that is their greatest strength.”
MHS will be highly favored Tuesday no matter who it plays. It knocked off Winfield 5-0 and doubled that output against Augusta in a 10-0 win.
If the Bullpups win, Thursday’s 6:30 championship game promises to be a barnburner. Most likely it will be Buhler, which is 9-5-2 and defeated MHS 2-1 recently to win the AVCTL championship. It is hosting Arkansas City on Tuesday and the Bulldogs are 8-7-1.
Ironically, Buhler barely got past Winfield 2-1 last week to win the league title outright.
Adrian has been pleased with his team. It gets a lot of players involved, with Darrius Armstrong leading the way with 15 goals and 6 assists. Britton Haigh is in double figures as well with 11 goals. Twelve Bullpups have either scored or assisted on a goal.
Nathan Lloyd has eight shutouts in goal and the Bullpups have outscored their opponents 58-12. All five MHS losses have been by a single goal.
In six home matches, the Bullpups have been incredibly dominant with 37 goals and allowed only one, that scored with one second left in the first half by Circle.